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Determining rigor in kids work

Jul 30, 2013 11:52am

How do you determine whether the work kids have done is good enough to eventually help them to meet the standard you are working on?

  • English Language Arts / Math
  • 6-12
  • Assessment / Common Core


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    • Aug 6, 2013 4:57pm

      I love that you say you set the bar high. If we as teachers do not have high expectations, how can students have high expectations of themselves. I follow much the same procedure as you do, Katie.
      Students need to see several examples of writing to have some ideas how their own might follow. They also need to see that writing is a process, not a one time event and voila, I am done.
      I teach seniors and require several drafts before students turn in their final. Each draft must show differences and all drafts must be included with the final.


      • Jul 30, 2013 1:23pm

        Hi Pat, This is a great question. In Math, the main thing I do is look at and asses the process, and not just the answer, to a given problem. This allows me to see if a student is really learning at a conceptual level and also can help pinpoint where he/she is struggling in relation to a given standard. Word problems and questions that bring together a few different ideas also help to show if a student can take a set of given tools and use them to solve a problem rather than just memorizing a formula or doing a "plug and chug" problem, which are based more on rote memorization rather than a more conceptual understanding of a given topic.

        • Jul 30, 2013 2:10pm

          While having students engage in collaboration, I would know if they have met some standard in general if they are using correct vocabulary, if they can demonstrate to each other their POV by using their own words or other means, and if they can show the work with explanations or without on a piece of paper or as a visual display.

          • Sep 29, 2013 5:00pm

            Katie, I love that you talk about giving students exemplar work to build toward! In my experience, there is a reluctance with teachers to "let" students know ahead of time how they will be graded. Explaining to students what standards they will be assessed with and what you are expecting upfront is fair and gives them something to work toward achieving.

            • Oct 25, 2013 7:48pm

              Amen! I am a huge supporter of using examplars with students. I feel that if they have in mind what the product should look like, they tend to work towards that.