Authentic assessment is work that allows students to see “what adults really do with their knowledge” (Wiggins, p.25).
Teach People, Not Science.
So let us not forget the human factor to teaching science.
The agenda for the day started as follows:
- Types of Assessment
- Authentic Assessment
- Innovative series of 3 lessons
When we plan our lessons we must remember these 3 components
- Objectives- What we want our students to learn or take away from the lesson
- Assessment- How do we know we have meet our objectives
- Activities- What additional things can we do to reinforce our learning objectives
Why Authentic Assessement? Reasons included (not limited to) student motivation, instructional tool as well as feedback tool, and supports the teaching and learning of the nature of science (messy, open-ended, and others).
It’s important that we ask ourselves why authentic assessment is important, and how can we use it effectively in the classroom.
So what are some types of assessment we discussed in class:
Formative Assessment: This should be done frequently and consistantly. These are assessments done as you go.
Summative Assessment: These are done at the end of a unit and are meant to assess the overall knowledge gained by our students.
Formal: These include quizes in the formative case. Or exams in the summative case.
Informal: These include asking questions in the formative case. Or field identification after a unit has been covered in the summative case.
We then discussed what makes an assessment authentic:
- It should focus on why, not what.
- It should be beyond recitation, but focus on meaning.
- It needs to be relevant to students.
- It needs to include open-ended questioning, with opportunity for partial credit.
- More than just right and wrong answers.
Good Examples people came up with:
- Informal Formative: Frequent questioning, Facial Expressions, Student dialogue.
- Formal Formative: Word Wall, ticket to leave, POE with Demo, No grade quiz, pair and share
- Informal Summative: Skills Check, Field Trip Observation, Q&A Game or Session
- Formal Summative: Exam, Project, Debate, Practical, Poster Presentation.
Good Work Guys and Gals!
We received a hand-out on our innovative series of 3 lessons. We then got a “homework” assignment that asks us to evaluate the rubrics on the handout with a partner.
Then John Van Neil from FLCC came and let us play with skulls.
Orlando then handed out some more papers about assessment.
I’m sure I’m missing things but those are the main points.