Reflections on Current Assessment Practices

I am going to start with a resource I found while searching on-line for a list/explanation of assessment practices in ELA that I could use for the second part of this reflection. I will refer to this list often in my reflection. I have highlighted the Assessment Ideas that I don’t know. Assessment Ideas for Individuals and Groups Tests Products/Projects Performances Process Skills Essay Multiple-choice Matching Short answer True/False Ads Advice columns Artifacts Audiocassettes Autobiographies Banners Blueprints Book reviews Books Brochures Cartoons Case studies Collages Computer creations

Costumes of characters Crossword puzzles Diaries Directories Displays Drawings Foods of a country or time period Games Graphs, charts, diagrams Graphic organizers Handbooks How-to books In-class group essays Journals Learning logs Letters Maps Mobiles Models Movie reviews Newspapers Pamphlets Peer editing critiques Pen-pal letters Picture dictionaries Portfolios Posters Product descriptions Projects Proposals Questionnaires Research papers Results of surveys Resumes Reviews of TV programs Scrapbooks Short stories Simulation games Slide presentations Story illustrations Student-kept charts

Tests Timelines Want ads Work products Writing portfolios Announcements Ballads Campaign speeches Character sketches Commercials Conferences Dances Debates Demonstrations Discussions Dramas Explanations Fashion shows Field trips Interactive book reviews Interviews Introductions Person-on-the-street interviews News reports Oral histories of events Pantomimes Plays Puppet shows Reports Role plays Sales pitches Simulations Skits Song writing to fit a topic Speeches Storytelling Surveys Verbal comparisons Weather reports Anecdotal records Checklist observations Concept mapping

Conferences: teacher and peer Debriefing interviews Debriefing questioning for lesson closure Experiences checklists Interactional analyses Interviews Invented dialogs Journal entries regarding processes Learning logs Metaphor analyses Observations Oral questioning Process-folios Question production Responses to reading Retelling in own words Telling how they did something and justifying the approach used Retrieved from http://www. essentialschools. org/cs/resources/view/ces_res/127 As you can see from the list above I use a lot of different forms of assessment in my English Language Arts Classroom.

I use various assessment methods depending on what we are covering. For example my 9th grade students just finished reading “The Most Dangerous Game”. During the process of reading the story we also completed worksheets on using context clues and suspense and they completed Journal Entries ranging from predicting what the story is going to be about to comparing this quote “Before beginning a hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it” from Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne to “The Most Dangerous Game”.

When we finished the story they took a multiple choice and short answer quiz on the story and are now writing an Attorney’s Brief where the students are Rainsford’s Attorney and they have to present their argument to the jury as to why he is innocent. This is a processed writing assignment where they conference, write multiple drafts and peer-review their papers. They get grades for all the steps in the process not just the outcome. For other units we do Multi-genre projects, write detective stories, write and perform speeches and debates, create songs, create collages, and the list goes on and on.

Why Assessing like this allows all students to find part of the assessment fun. Most of the students are really enjoying the paper and those who don’t write well usually do better on the test then those who do. Practices not used I have never done the food from a country or time period, but mostly because it would be difficult to get my Principals at my previous school to allow it. This activity would not work at my current school due to the fact that my students are at home.

I have never tried the puppet shows, debriefing interviews, debriefing questioning for lesson closure, weather reports, or crossword puzzles because I didn’t really think they were things my students would enjoy doing. The Interactive book reviews and Person-on-the-street interviews seem like they would be excellent activities to try with my classes. The only reason I haven’t is because I had never thought of them before reading that list of assessments. To conclude, I have also never done an in class dance or fashion show because I worry the kids would get carried away and we would not get much else completed.


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