Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Week 23, Day 1: Student knowledge, Looking back, Looking forward
After students complete the post survey check off they add up the pre and post survey points. This data is used to fill in a 5 axis graph, called a RADARGRAM.
The students pre semester knowledge becomes a small pentagon with the post semester data becoming a larger outer concentric pentagon. The area between represents the amout of knowledge they have gained.
If time permits I allow them to color the radargram. It looks nicer and 8th graders are just big kindergarteners and love to color.
The top 2 photos show the chart of an honors student. The bottom photo is a bit more typical of the look of the radargrams.
These charts were shown to me years ago when our school district went through a lot of BALDRIDGE TRAINING. It was a method of "getting all our arrows pointing the same direction". I took our state science standards and turned it into this tool. Students also get to give me feedback about favorite activities and what they would like me to change.
I hope this helps.
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It's not Magic, It's Science!