Monday, February 6, 2012

Authentic assessment in the classroom

Day 28 - Last day new discoveries! The last argument of the new 30-day trial version is the authentic assessment and rubrics. Authentic assessment is basically any kind of assessment that do not use paper and pencil type of test. Can projects, portfolios, or running records included. I actually used authentic assessment, as a student I taught in a preschool program for my studies. E 'was mainly because traditional valuation methods is much more difficult for this age group is not used. But now that I'm working most of the levels of primary and secondary schools, I realize that many assessments in the classroom can also be authentic, although it is rarely used.

Most teachers would justify the idea of ​​using no more authentic assessment due to time constraints. Another important decision not to use, since this type is the argument that the standardized tests is very traditional. I agree with both statements, particularly the issue of standardized testing. I feel that students should be trained how to take the traditional types of tests to have happened to them. With this being said, I feel like there is enough time to include assessments of change from time to time, and the performances make up the time allotted.

The trick for the authentic assessment is not to take too active at once. A kind of authentic assessment for each chapter or unit is to start in order. Be stored until the project map, and contacts in a safe place for recovery by another the following year is simple. Finally, as more is added to the toolbox, portfolios will be available to be included as a highlight of assessment.

If you start to think about the essential learning objectives for the chapter or unit (or just the state standards are taught). Always have the end in mind first. After learning that the project is fncused on these ultimate goals by running a project that a student who has knowledge of such goals to start reflecting. Great ideas to keep in mind include the use of multiple intelligences, Bloom's taxonomy, as well as a variety of formats of learning style in order to present the final result. Always leave an option for the student to create a project of choice, with the permission of the instructor, provided that the project complies with the learning objectives set for all. Another good idea is to provide a sample project, the students of the level at which you expect to create shows, or to obtain outstanding projects from previous years (with permission), examples of current students at all levels so that all may show degrees the impression that the expectations.

After designing a great project idea sure to know the students (and parents), which is expected to be changed to a degree. If a title is clear, there are a lot of negative feedback from all interested stakeholders. If the criteria for the classification is clear, there is no room for discussion and final design will be much better. There are several websites that offer free book creations, with examples that others have created for the inspiration. I suggest you start there when you first start. Make sure that the book is finished including, but not more than five or six categories or assessment unclear.

Authentic assessment is a great way for students to their talent and knowledge level of the material that was presented to present. Give him a chance and will probably put off by what the students can be.