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A repository of hinge-point questions?

As Dylan has explained hinge-point questions can be reusable between teachers in a way that lesson plans, tasks and activities are often not.

This re-usability means that, while writing effective hinge-point questions takes time and practice, there are great opportunities for STEM teachers to share the questions they have developed and collaborate to further improve them.

In this step we encourage you to share in the comments section hinge-point questions you have written. We also ask you to reflect upon how your participation in this course, and your use of the questions, has helped you to further develop your skills.

You may find that one or both of the questions you wrote to be peer-reviewed during Week 3 and Week 4 would make a good starting-point.

A crowd-sourced collection of HPQs

In Step 3.12 and Step 4.9 you were encouraged to take on board any feedback from your peer learners and then share more polished questions via a Google Form.

In this way we should have built a crowd-sourced repository of shared hinge-point questions (HPQs) for the benefit of all. The content collected so far can be accessed here (Google Form for Step 3.12) and here (Google Form for Step 4.9).

Of course no guarantees can be given as to the quality of the HPQs but such a body of materials might form the basis of a more filtered subset of questions that have been quality assured.

The National STEM Learning Centre is actively exploring avenues by which such an ‘HPQ Repository’ might be created and developed in a sustainable way.

To stay in touch and/or participate in developments you may wish to bookmark this Community Resource on the STEM Learning website or to consider joining the Community Group dedicated to the discussion of HPQs that was established during the first run of this course.

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Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

National STEM Learning Centre

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