I ended the school year determined to shake this habit. Somewhat cautious (or perhaps practical) by nature, rather than tackle the entire course in one fell swoop, I decided to address the first unit. My first impulse, as usual, was to over-complicate everything. I tried to correct this, but I'm sure I will create plenty of confusion on the first go-round.
Here are the main features:
* Students choose from a menu of assessments.
* Within the conventional testing choices there are options.
* A project assessment (two choices) is available instead of some of the testing.
* A pass/fail pathway is available to a top grade.
* Students can stick with conventional testing if they (or their parents choose).
* Students will track their own progress toward their grades.
- The variety of assessments should allow for more individualized personal assessment.
- This should work well as a pilot-- With three classes in the Fall I will generate lots of feedback.
- I think I have come up with a couple of interesting multimedia ideas that are valid tests of authentic knowledge.
- By only sticking a toe in the water of alternative assessment, I may actually generate little enthusiasm for the alternatives.
- It's still likely to be pretty confusing for students, I'm afraid.
- I want to try this out early in the semester so that I can build upon it if I choose, but the earliness may only compound the confusion.
Please check out the plan. Feedback of any sort is welcome:
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