Teachers will learn: • Strategies for introducing students to conceptual learning • Instructional strategies to help students uncover and transfer concepts • How to write concept-based lessons • How to assess for conceptual understanding • How to differentiate in a concept-based classroom • How CBCI aligns with other current best practices and initiatives (like PBL, CCSS, etc.)

How Do We Design Assessments for Conceptual Understanding?

Chapter 5 How do we design assessments for conceptual understanding?

Please select the best answer to the following question:

Why do we assess students?

  • To categorize students based on performance
  • To evaluate students’ understanding of a topic or skills
  • To understand where students are and how we can help them grow
  • To facilitate students’ understanding of their own growth

The right answer is … well, it’s not that simple. First, our own bias: In our ideal world the answer to this question would always be C and D. We dream of a teaching and learning setting where students are internally motivated to learn, move at a pace that is appropriately challenging, and receive something more like scout badges for demonstration of mastery of ...

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