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What is a good method of assessment outside the norm?

Dec 1, 2014 9:01pm

All of my school career, I was given the same assessments as everyone: Tests, quizzes, worksheets, essays, etc. That is fine for many students and teachers, but one thing that I want to define my teaching career is going outside the norm, doing something new. That being said, are there any good forms of assessment that are not in the same fashion as those listed above? Forms that both assess a students knowledge of the content while at the same time making the student want to learn more? I feel that going outside the norm is important because it gives students something to remember, and encourages them because they are intrigued by doing something different.

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    • Dec 2, 2014 5:03pm

      Short and long term projects are always great, especially when the students have some control of picking out the topic. It depends on the subject and grade level you will be teaching but there are tons of good ideas out there. Having a well defined rubric ahead of time can help students focus and will help you when it comes time for assessment.

      • Dec 2, 2014 5:36pm

        Yes, I totally agree with Lauren! Another thing I was thinking about would be some type of narrative or performance based assessment. As Lauren said below, having a well defined rubric for the project, then having the kids give a 'performance of understanding' (play/reading/interactive museum display, etc.) to share their learning/understanding with others. Often when it is an authentic experience being shared with others it builds the students enthusiasm and drive for the project and also creates an opportunity for you to assess their learning.

        • Dec 7, 2014 5:23am

          My whole life is going outside the norm. Most of my lesson plans in the class are built around the idea of creativity and result in many assessments in any form that the student wants to produce. Allow the students to reproduce in a variety of ways something that they are proud to have done during the year and that wills eve as their assessment.

          • Dec 7, 2014 2:06pm

            There are many different methods out there. You could use a program like socrative that puts a new spin on the traditional types of assessment methods. You could offer the students various options for assessment instead of a written essay question using a speech or dramatization for a group to answer what would be an essay question. You could also use some sort of project based learning assignment as well

            • Dec 7, 2014 9:48pm

              The best assessment option is projects. It is becoming the norm in many science classes because of how effective it is. It allows you to determine what your students know while giving them multiple ways of expression and the opportunity to learn more than their textbook could ever teach them. Now days we have an advantage they didn't have 20 years ago. The internet is an endless supply of information that will allow your students to further their knowledge beyond a text book. The other great thing about project based assessment is your students are using higher ordered thinking skills. These are just a few of the perks to project based assessment. A few others are you are preparing students for college, you can use Google slides to monitor participation if you want to use groups, and it allows your students the opportunity to redefine the assessment.

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