As a science teacher, you want students to be able to do hands-on inquiry activities that allow them to learn meaningfully in an open-ended way... but how the heck do you grade that? This observation checklist is your answer.
The checklist allows you to establish rules and expectations for lab work, and then assess students on those expectations as they complete the activity. Benefits include:
1) Students will take the lab seriously as they see you walking around assigning a grade.
2) This flexible format allows you to grade ANY activity, even open-ended inquiry, without stifling creativity or establishing right and wrong answers.
3) The chart allows easy grading and record-keeping.
4) Students will come to understand a consistent, reliable way they're being graded.