Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Choice in Assessment

I took a chance and tried something new today. We've been rehearsing and learning new vocabulary words for a few weeks and today we were showing off our knowledge...aka it was time for our summative assessment. I decided to give them three choices to show me that they owned these words. They could use the word in a sentence or write the definition or they could sketch or doodle the meaning of the word.

I was worried about the last choice. My worry wasn't for my students, my worry was for me. I wondered if I would I be able to see the mastery of the word in their drawing? The answer came to me in a resounding YES! It made reading over these answers interesting and fun too. I love sixth-grade readers!


Here are some of their sketches and doodles! Enjoy...
 

 

 

 


 

 

 

I celebrate choice in assessment. I celebrate the creativity of my sixth-grade readers and writers. 


11 comments:

  1. This is great! My 5th grader would LOVE this as an option!

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  2. These are great! I have a spot for illustrations for our weekly root words and for some kids, this makes a huge difference in the learning of the words. But I never thought about using it as an assessment! Might just have to try this!

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  3. Amen!! Totally sharing this with our staff - we are amid a huge conversation about word study. What does it look like? Sound like? LOVE all of this.

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  4. Love seeing how your kids visually showed their understanding. I love the gum ball selfish example and the turbulent plane!

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  5. Choice in assessment is part of differentiation. Cool result.

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  6. This is amazing! I love this idea. Choice in assessment - and the visual representations. :-)

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  7. What a great way to show their learning. Too fun.

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  8. What a great assessment tool you created, Michelle. Tomorrow night, #NYEDChat is hosting our chat on Formative Assessments with Judy Dodge and Blanca Duarte. There will be give aways of the book. Hope you can join us. I just put up my post at http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2017/10/weeklong-celebrations.html.

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  9. I agree! I can totally tell that they own these words! I LOVE IT! I have a question...did they choose their own words, or they were assigned the words? I've been thinking a lot about things kids do in isolation and trying to figure out what's a good balance.

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