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Using assessment to engage at #DENSI2012

Engage Students through Innovative Assessment by Jason Altman

On a pencil and paper test, can we really accurately assess the student’s performance?  Do we actually measure and discuss the good and bad of their work?  How can we do better?

Rubrics allow students to better understand the meaning behind their grade. If students know exactly how their work will be evaluated, they are more likely to produce higher quality work. The best rubrics are created by both the teacher and the students.

Rubrics allow students and parents to see specifically how a teacher will score the work submitted.  The best part is that once a rubric is created, grading goes much faster. Fewer written comments are needed on products because the rubric’s descriptors can be circled. Rubrics do need to be tailored for each class and NOT just re-used each year for each class.

We looked over a checklist and tweaked it to create a rubric.

Notes to take and use:

We should not always focus on the negative.  We should focus on the positive of the student’s strengths.

C. R. C. D. should drive our classes. 

  • Collect – inquiry gathering information
  • Relate- relate their knowledge of subject and another student
  • Create- create ?? some document that shows their knowledge
  • Donate – share what has been created has great rubrics to use for assessment

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