“Can we have a group test?” Designing collaborative, active, alternative assessments for physics and chemistry classes


Led by​: Kelly O’Shea
The Next Generation Science Standards require that students construct explanations and design solutions using scientific practices. Lab practicums are an engaging and effective way for students to demonstrate their understanding. At the same time, students often learn and work in groups, and scientists also work in teams. How can we design assessments that challenge students to use their practical skills while also reflecting the social nature of scientific understanding? In this workshop, participants will experience a collaborative practical exam, learn about different approaches to group and practical assessments, think through how to apply these assessments in their own classrooms, and have an opportunity to design and try out a practical assessment of their own. Examples will be presented from both high school physics and chemistry classes.