Bond with James: August 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Chemistry Task Cards

I'm baaaaack! Summer 2013 has been a busy one for me.I received my Master's in May. Then decided that I would apply to a Post-Master's program and take a class in July. I also moved in June. Additionally, I work year round and attended several conferences. Therefore, I apologize for not keeping up with my blog regularly; however, I now have time. :)

I really just wanted to take a moment to write about my Chemistry Task Card series (see below). When I attended the University of Texas at Austin, I used to create flash cards. I created the cards to test myself in various ways, from multiple choice, short answer, and open response. This learning tool helped me immensely; therefore, I decided to bring the idea into the classroom when I first started teaching 8 years ago. However, I recently learned that this approach to learning had a name - Task Cards. 

The cards can be used in various ways
*Individual instruction - students can randomly work on the cards at their pace. Not all the cards in a set need to be completed; however, students can work on them for extra practice.

*Group instruction - students, preferably in a group of 2- 4, can work on the cards as a group, teach each other, and/or assess one another.

*Quiz-Quiz-Trade. For those who do not know what Quiz-Quiz-Trade is...
...this site actually has an explanation as well as a video of a class from my district engaged in class Quiz Quiz Trade

*Students can receive a copy of the cards to use as a study tool to help them learn concepts and prepare for summative assessments.

*Have a student select a few cards out of the desk (without looking) and use it to assess him/her on the spot.

I have provided numerous question types in each set. Questions range from: multiple choice, calculations, compare and contrast, true and false, short answer and open response.

The possibilities for how a teacher uses the cards in his/her classroom are endless.