“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count;everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.”by Albert Einstein
Short-term- Change the way you assess one assignment or project and try to assess in a way that doesn’t add a numerical value but has the student seek value in the progress made, the learning achieved, or the work put into it. For the teachers on holiday, like in Argentina, just reflect on how you will change the assessment process of a project. Alternatively, think about a way to help students re-evaluate how they value themselves. Is it only through a number?
Long-term- In what ways can we help our students re-evaluate the way they value themselves? What changes to assessment can we make to have students reflect more on the learning journey instead of being programmed to place value only on the score?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Recently, I read this article about homework and student suggestions on how to make it meaningful. Worth the read. All assessment should be meaningful, whether homework, a test, etc.
|How do we make assessment meaningful?|
I believe it is important to give students the opportunity to showcase their work for others to see (we share our websites). In addition to my comments on their work, they can view the work of their peers.
At the end of each activity, my homework for them is to write a quick reflection and put it on their Reflections page on their website. This gives them the opportunity to revisit and extend the learning. It also gives them access to me and informally "assessing" how I did with the activity.
Much of this is my way of giving students some measure of control over their own learning (I have a long way to go, but I'm trying!). I even have 8th graders create quizzes through Forms in Google Docs for the entire Upper School - what an eye-opener for them this activity is! They must create the quiz, make the form, collect the data (students sign in with numbers to protect their privacy), and grade them. Being the teacher is more difficult than they originally thought it to be! And I learn a lot along the way about their perceptions of teachers and quizzes too!
So I need to give them more control, structured control, over their own learning. This includes the assessment piece and I definitely need to give students more opportunities to assess me.
|Reflection is important for ALL learners!|