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Formative assessment probes can help teachers find out what students' ideas are before teaching lessons and use the information to adjust instructional strategies. This article gives an example teachers can use to see if students understand signs of the common cold.
A selection from Science and Children—September 2012
As usual Page Keeley has presented us with another excellent formative assessment probe. This probe is about the common misconceptions in regard to catching a cold. A cold is caused by a virus, NOT getting cold! Transmission is by coming in contact with body secretions from the cold. This probe is excellent for all ages, including teachers themselves.
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)