Methods and Strategies: Formative Assessment Probes

by: Francis Eberle and Page Keeley

Formative assessment probes can be effective tools to help teachers build a bridge between students’ initial ideas and scientific ones. In this article, the authors describe how using two formative assessment probes can help teachers determine the extent to which students make similar connections between developing a concept of matter and a concept of rocks. Both probes require students to consider the properties of size, weight, shape, texture, or form in developing a concept of “matter” or “rock.”


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 1/1/2008Stock # sc08_045_05_50Volume 045Issue 05

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