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Friday, February 19 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Using checklists for assessment

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As teachers are required to assess a student’s understanding of competencies in addition to knowledge outcomes, they have used tools more commonly used in other disciplines. For example, rubrics have been a tool used to assess many forms of student work. Their general description of each achievement level provides flexibility and personalization. This is particularly useful for essay assignments. However, in lab reports, this often leads to ambiguity. Students may not know the difference between an “acceptable” demonstration of communication compared to a “skilled” demonstration. Despite repeated instruction, the generalized description of rubrics allows room for conflict and negotiation between students and teachers. Rubrics can be redesigned into checklists to remove the ambiguity. It is clear whether or not students have demonstrated each aspect of a competency. This session will share a few of these checklists for teachers to use in their own classrooms. Participants are invited to share a lab with the group and co-create a checklist to use for assessment.

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Leon Lau

Acting past president, ATA Science Council
Leon is a high school science teacher in Calgary and has taught every class in the high school science curriculum. He is also the External Relations Director for the ATA Science Council.

Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 066