The Performance-Based Classroom: What to Look For and How to Support Your Teachers

This workshop provides an opportunity for leaders and administrators to understand the basics of performance-based assessment and instruction and scientific inquiry in their schools' classrooms and to support teachers with the process.

Broad Agenda

  • Discuss ways to move scientific inquiry and communication forward as a whole staff
  • Discuss what to look for in a performance-based classroom and how to question students about their scientific inquiry and communication
  • Define the vocabulary of scientific-inquiry assessment and communication
  • Define the types of assessment that an educator incorporates in her/his teaching
  • Study and apply the Exemplars Standards-Based Science Rubric
  • Link the Exemplars science inquiries and scoring rubric to state grade-level expectations depth of knowledge, state release items, etc.

Testimonials

Teaching STEM proved to be very time consuming last year, and I love the [Exemplars] sample on breathing because the student gets to investigate the real-life situation instead of just watching!!

V. Barker, Science Teacher

Your work is fantastic! We are looking for a way to monitor the growth of a student as a scientist from grade to grade. Your rubrics will help us to begin this important work.

P. Bator, Elementary Science Curriculum Specialist