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Meet Me In The Middle Webinar Series

Brought to you by NMLSTA and the NSTA Middle Level Teaching Committee

Join Us for Our Upcoming Webinar Featuring Members of the Science Education Dept. at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian 

Thursday, December 1, 2022:

CONSTRUCT: Developing Middle-School Physical Science Assessments Using Disciplinary Core Ideas


7:00 p.m. ET,  6:00 p.m. CT,  5:00 p.m. MT,  4:00 p.m. PT 

Presenters: Dr. Philip Sadler, Director, Science Education Dept., former middle school science teacher; Dr. Sue Sunbury, Instructional Systems Specialist, Project Manager, former science teacher; Cynthia Crockett, Science Education Specialist, former science teacher.

Would you like to be able to have a quick check of your students’ science understanding without time-consuming reading and grading? We’ll share guidelines for writing effective multiple-choice questions that don’t leave any of your students out and will quickly help you determine whether your students are making sense of phenomena they are investigating - do their ideas match the science ideas of the NGSS?

Join us to discuss and evaluate assessment items and learn how to “fix” sample problematic questions that are too difficult or too easy, don’t discriminate between high- and low-knowledge students, lack common misconceptions as distractors, and discriminate between students of different genders and racial/ethnic groups.

Learn how to write questions to avoid these issues and address how well students make sense of the NGSS Gr. 6-8 Physical Science DCIs. We’ll have “practice” opportunities to look at assessment questions that are difficult or biased and discuss possible revisions with other educators.

Participants will have access to a free online research-based assessment bank.



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