This module focuses on alternative assessment strategies to help measure and communicate student progress in REAL Projects. Students will rethink assessment, particularly as it relates to Deeper Learning competencies, analyse current best practices of assessment for REAL Projects, and use the assessment planner to design new practices for use in the classroom.
What You’ll Learn:
- The principles and rationale for Assessment 2.0
- How REAL Project teams utilise alternative assessments in their schools
- How to design new assessment tools for your classroom or project team
Reading & Response
1. Read “The Things That Matter Most”, by Kay Flewelling. Kay advocates that teachers take ownership over assessment practices by reflecting on their passions for their projects, rather than just accepting national curriculum to drive teaching.
Response: What are the goals or desired outcomes for student learning in your class? Which goals most resonate with your own passions and values?
2. Read “I am a 5b”, by Joe Pardoe. Joe argues that traditional assessments do not rigorously challenge students to learn, but that we can transform our learning environments.
Response: How rigorous are your assessments currently? How could you invite students into the conversation to assess their own learning? How could you invite other stakeholders into the conversation about student learning?
‘When Students Lead Their Learning’ by Ron Berger. Click here.
3. Read the article, by Ron Berger. Ron introduces the idea that students can lead their own learning through reflecting on their work and forming coherent judgments to communicate to their communities.
Response: Which of the structures he introduces most resonates with you? How do you think you can turn up the dial of what students expect of themselves?
Read the summary of Leaders of Their Own Learning (Ron Berger et. al), by Jenn David Lang. Jenn provides a detailed summary of Ron Berger’s text, Leaders of Their Own Learning, which includes dozens of strategies for formative and summative assessment.
Response: What can you take from this analysis to adapt for your students? How does the culture of your school help or hinder your thinking about alternative assessment practices?
Explore the Assessment 2.0 Framework and its associated tools.
Complete the Assessment Planner using the Assessment Cards and Principles. Practice the strategy you identified in your classroom.
Team Task: Create an assessment framework for a year of REAL Projects curriculum. Share your plans with the SLT and invite them to feedback.
Now, share your assessment strategy with the REAL Projects Google+ Community.
What went well in your assessment practice?
What will you do differently next time?
How might you invite other teachers into the conversation about alternative assessment? How might you develop an assessment framework to share with your school?
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