Formative assessment – Checking for misconceptions
Misconception tool for science
An interactive tool for exploring, sharing, and challenging common misconceptions in the science classroom.
Hinge point questions
Characteristics of hinge point questions:
- a hinge is a point in a lesson when you need to check if students are ready to move on, and if yes, in which direction;
- a hinge-point question is a diagnostic question that you ask your students when you reach the hinge, responses to which give you evidence about what you and your students need to do next.
Using concept cartoons for assessment
Concept Cartoons can be used at the beginning or part way through a unit of work to:
- gain an indication of the range of students’ ideas within the class;
- identify areas of misconception;
- stimulate starting points for investigations;
- offer challenges that may lead to restructuring of ideas.
NAPLAN questions have been designed to include common misconceptions (like diagnostic questions). Can be used prior to or during the learning.