Investigating how OpenSciEd’s assessment system focuses on student sensemaking
This two-day professional development session focuses on the overarching question – How do we support and assess students’ growth in 3 dimensional learning? It assumes the prerequisite completion of the Launch Professional Learning and previous experience teaching an OpenSciEd unit. Included in this session are opportunities for teachers to:
- Analyze OpenSciEd Assessments using key criteria for 3D Assessments.
- Identify and analyze the different types of assessments in the OpenSciEd assessment system.
- Examine student work to provide feedback and support students’ 3D learning.
- Use the assessment guidance to reflect on and prepare for lessons.
- Engage in the actual lessons of the unit as a student.
All of the instructional materials associated with this professional learning session are available for download from the Access the Instructional Materials page.
Day 1: What does 3 Dimensional Assessment Look Like?
What does 3 Dimensional Assessment Look Like?
Participants will understand:
- How students use the 3 Dimensions in sensemaking.
- The key criteria for 3D Assessments and how to use the criteria to analyze assessments.
- The different types of assessments in the OpenSciEd assessment system.
- Where assessment opportunities can be found within an OpenSciEd unit.
- How students develop three dimensional understandings over the course of an OpenSciEd unit.
- How different types of assessments can provide information to support student learning.
- The anchoring phenomenon routine and storyline for a focal unit.
- 1 hour – Introduction: Use 4 Assessment Criteria to analyze a sample OpenSciEd assessment task.
- 5 hours – Unit Specific: Experience the Anchoring Phenomena routine and build the storyline with a focus on the 3 Dimensions.
- 1 hour – Closing: Introduce OpenSciEd Assessment System
Day 2: How can we use 3D assessments to notice and support student learning?
How can we use 3D assessments to notice and support student learning?
Participants will understand:
- The purpose and use of different assessments in OpenSciEd to support student learning.
- How analysis of student work from formative and summative assessments can reveal the student resources students bring to their sensemaking across the 3 dimensions.
- The types of assessment guidance included in the OpenSciEd instructional materials.
- Ways to use assessment data and guidance to provide feedback and support students’ 3D learning.
- Ways to utilize the OpenSciEd assessment system within teacher’s own school contexts.
- How to set up and facilitate students in the key student investigations and discussions from the unit.
- 1 hour – Introduction: Analyze student work from formative and summative tasks.
- 5 hours – Unit Specific: Experience key lessons and use assessment guidance to reflect on and prepare for lessons.
- 1 hour – Closing: Reflection and application to own context