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Improvement Science Part IV

My change idea, a learner-focused classroom by increasing student Voice and Choice via student selected assessment is on it’s way. I created the project guidelines for students to follow. I’ve created a student survey to collect student feedback on student choice in assessment as well as to compare Quarter 1 number of students that met expectations to Quarter 2 amount and student reflections. I somewhat struggled with what type of student data to collect, so my resource articles focus on types of assessments.

What are the big ideas?

There are 3 categories of assessments: formative, interim and summative. Formative occurs in the short term-learners making meaning to new information, immediate feedback to learner and teacher to make necessary adjustments, range from observations to a written test. Most compelling type of assessment for improving student comprehension and and performance. Interim assessments take place over a longer period of time, such as projects, written assignments and tests. Learner are allowed to re-demonstrate their learning and teacher can make adjustments, as well as identify gaps in learning. Lastly, summative-taking place at the end of learning with the results used primarily for the teacher or school’s use.

Assessment should encompass the learner’s ability to organize, structure, and use information in context to solve complex problems.

Some examples of types of performance-based assessments are: Observation, Individual or Group Projects, Portfolios, Performances, Student Logs and Journals.

What’s Resonating?

To allow student choice and voice is essential in making their learning relevant. Not to do well on a test or pass the class/semester/year, but to connect to one’s thinking, feeling and understanding. If teachers can foster that, then THAT is innovation. The various types of assessments are simply avenues to achieve and increase learner success.

What I am realizing is that my journey toward a learner-centered classroom takes much more letting go than I anticipated. What I think is student choice is actually a list of teacher selected projects for students to chose from. It will take much more trial and error until I can achieve it, but what I think I am doing well on is including my students a part of the process.

What questions do you have?

Am I doing a disservice to my students that will move on to a teacher-centered classroom?

Will teacher inconsistency lead to student indifference?

If research supports the 21st century classroom and is in the best interest of the learner why is there not more buy in?

Related Links:

Best Practices for Better Schools

What Are Some Types of Assessment?

Three Types of Assessment 

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