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Formative Assessments: Gathering a “Wealth of Information”
Formative assessments: Gathering a “wealth of information”
Recording our Students' Questions

During a unit on plants in Shauna Ullman's third-grade classroom in West Vancouver (Mulgrave School), Harry asked these questions:

May 9 How [do] the sun and rain affect plants? [Off the top of my head … Causation]

May 19 How do the sun and rain affect the germinating stage of the life cycle? [Digging deeper … Causation]

May 26 Does the climate affect the plant and its failure? [And deeper … Causation]

June 13 What will happen if you keep cutting down trees? [Questions left hanging … Responsibility]

Tish Jolley, Mulgrave's Primary Years Programme International Baccalaureate coordinator, shared these questions (personal communication, June 2011) as she analyzed the inquiry-tracking tool Shauna had been using ...

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