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
Providing an opportunity for students to create a classroom resource that can be shared amongst students can be a helpful tool for students to use. Screencasting has allowed students and teachers to... read more
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The “AstroNuts kids space club” was created in May 2010 by my 11 year-old-son Brett and I. By the age of 5, Brett was a “systems kid,” always building light and water systems in and around... read more