Assessment for, as, and of learning can all be done while learning outside. The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning (Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum grades 1-8, 2007, p. 21). Since inquiry-based and experiential-based learning that readily occurs outdoors stimulates student learning by direct involvement, assessment for and as learning naturally occurs. Using the questions, students ask and the interaction between teacher and student exploring together, learning goals and success criteria can be developed. Assessment of learning can also occur as teachers use a variety of observations and activities to evaluate achievement of overall expectations.
Paper “clickers” are a simple and cost effective way to boost students’ conceptual understanding and improve their metacognitive skills. All you need is a computer, data projector and paper... read more
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With respect to shelving in chemical storage areas, the STAO ÓScience Laboratory Facilities Design GuideÓ (1999) states ÒThe shelves should have a rim to prevent bottles falling offÓ (p.39).... read more
This lesson harnesses an untapped resource, student curiosity and the questions that they develop about the scientific world they live in. To foster curiosity and question asking, I have created an... read more