Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Design an Assessment

This is a great task that combines, Exam skills, assessment and a lesson activity. I have used this with my IB Diploma History class. It is a great way for students to learn from each other as well as developing their exam technique.

Time frame: On double period for preparation and completion of the paper. One single lesson for marking.

Set up:
1. Split the class into three or four groups.
2. Give the class a generic rubric with the criteria that you wish to see such as knowledge, critical thinking etc.
2. Get each group to put together an assessment that can be used for the other group.

1. Have the class site each others assessment. (Bearing in mind that with the same rubric the criteria will be the same)
2. In the follow up lesson have the class in groups mark the papers that they have created including writing three pieces of feedback on what needs to be revised more or improved.

Example: I have used this with my Diploma History class where the group have put together Paper 1 source papers for each other and answered each others source exams.

With younger students I usually give them a much wider scope on the nature of the task.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Silent Quiz

This is a great formative assessment and something that I like to use as an alternative formative assessment, especially when it comes to the end of a term and the students are tired. The idea of this quiz is that two groups within the class get to compete against each other. My older students love having Girls versus Boys when the numbers are even.

1. Split the class into two groups, and give the class time to produce 10 questions along with the answers for the other group. The class know that they are formulating questions for the other group and will therefore try to make the task difficult.

2. When both groups are ready, Taking turns, the groups will ask each other the questions that they prepare. The other group will give the answer.

3. The groups must not tell each other if the answer was right or wrong until the end.

4. At the end the groups will reveal their final scores (usually on a white board or chalk board) and the group with the highest score wins.

5. It is possible to play best out of three.