How can you create classroom activities to target whole class challenges with evidence and reasoning?
- Teachers will consider the ways that different instructional activities can support student use of evidence and reasoning in science arguments.
- Teachers will identify areas of argumentation that are challenging for their students.
- Teachers will design activities targeting student challenges with evidence and/ or reasoning.
*Extension Discussion- Using the Reasoning Rubric!
Share your experience:
- Share a student argument (oral or written) you evaluated using the Reasoning Rubric. Be prepared to share how you rated this argument and explain why you rated it as you did.
- What were the strengths of your student use of reasoning? What were the weaknesses?
- How could you use this information about student use of reasoning to guide your instruction?
- What challenges did you encounter in using the rubric?
1. Video: Student Argument
Watch a video of a student reading his argument below.
- What evidence does he use in his argument?
- What reasoning does he use in his argument?
- What feedback would you provide to improve his argument?
2. Presentation: Supporting Activity Planning Tool
The Supporting Activity Planning Tool features the elements of evidence and reasoning targeted in the rubrics from Session 1 and 2. The tool also includes potential argumentation activities included in other modules, mostly from the Introductory Module.
Argumentation Supporting Activity Planning Tool
- Work in pairs or small groups to see how these activities could be used to support their students' challenges using evidence and reasoning.
- On the tool, think about how these activities could potentially help their students overcome each challenge.
- Include notes explaining how the activity might address a particular challenge.
3. Workshop: Design Your Own Activity
- Ask teachers to identify an element of either evidence or reasoning that is particularly challenging for their students.
- Based upon their completion of the planning tool, teachers will design an activity to support their students’ argumentation in that area.
- Teachers may choose to work independently or with a peer/ in groups.
- During workshop time, teachers can be grouped by either the argumentation challenge or the activity to provide each other with support while they work.
- The evidence and reasoning rubrics can be used to identify the challenges classes face, as well as individuals.
- The Supporting Activities Planning Tool can be used as a resource to help teachers plan activities targeting the challenges students encounter using evidence and reasoning.