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        Assessing Prior Knowledge of Pond Life

        In this video segment from Teaching Middle School Life Science, master teacher and science education specialist Sally Crissman asks a small group of middle school students what they already know about pond life before starting a new investigation. Crissman emphasizes that assessing prior knowledge is an important part of the learning process. To do this, she asks students questions to gauge their understanding and experience with a subject, and may also have them make predictions about what they might observe. Crissman also talks about the effectiveness of regularly reviewing what students have learned with them before pushing their learning further.

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