on March 7, 2000
I am the project director for TUSD's DESERT Project (K-8 science). In the
early stages of our project we concentrated developing a dialogue amoung
teachers focused on understanding and implementing our CORE science
programs. We are just beginning to aks teachers to reflect on their
assessment practices, what audiences these serve and more specifically what
they tell us about student learning.
The timing of this LSC NET discussion is critical for us as we plan our
first assessment conference for this summer. We are indebted to Paul for
raising so many interesting issues for our project leaders with regard to
formative assessment. I was intrigued by his comments at the PI meeting and
in the Blackk Box article about effective questions and dialogue. I am
curious to know if any projects have designed specific structures for
teachers to develop questions in a collaborative context.
How did you set these up(protocols?), how often did the groups meet?, and
how did they "test" and refine the questions they developed? How do teachers
report and get feedback about the questioning and dialogues they engage in
with the students in their classrooms?