Alternatives to assessment
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"Assessment of mastery does not have to be a test"
Verbal AssessmentA student not only does not have to write something down for you to assess they know it, for some the stress and pressure of writing it down prevents from from really demonstrating what they know. If you can assess by having a conversation with a student that they know it... then they know it. @alicekeeler
MinecraftAnd... use Minecraft. Oftentimes students will go above and beyond the project minimums to demonstrate a learning objective when they can build it in Minecraft. Have students create a screencast explaining what they created. @alicekeeler
MemeA student can show they understand a concept by creating a meme about it and then writing an explanation of their meme. @JenRoberts1
Video ExplanationStudents can fire up the webcam or use their phone to describe what they know. Using a site like Recapor Flipgrid
Art ProjectA student can show they understand the concepts in a novel by creating a piece of art that represents a few of the elements of the novel. @JenRoberts1
WebsiteFor a really large set of information the student can create something useful to others. A site is a great way to contain and distribute information to a large audience. Google Sites and Adobe Spark are both easy for students to use and create beautiful sites. @JenRoberts1
PodcastStudents create a podcast series where they discuss their learning and make connections.
Make something that applies it! A test can be stressful and cause students to freeze, thus making it hard to really asssess what a student actually knows. It's hard to get higher critical thinking on a multiple choice test, but when students can apply what they've learned by designing something that can be DOK 4!!!@alicekeeler
A phone callA student can call my Google Voice number and leave a message explaining their thinking or reading their work. For many this is less stress than talking in class.@JenRoberts1I love idea. A great way for shy students to show what they really know without stress. Agreed!Very cool idea!
An InfographicFinding the data and assembling it in a way that makes sense to others along with visual clues really shows how well a student understands something. @JenRoberts1This was a great idea I used as an option for a summative assessment type for some units. Some students used Canva/Piktochart any chance they got! Content was all there, visually appealing as well.
Uses it in a different assignmentIf a student can use it, then they know it. If in chapter 3 you notice them applying material from Chapter 1, you can see that they know the chapter 1 material. Assessed! @alicekeeler
A guideCreating a set of directions for others to follow gives students practice explaining things in a logical order. All teachers know that you really have to learn something to be able to teach it. Having students create tutorials and directions for others ensures they understand. @JenRoberts1
A reflectionOne of the biggest impact factors for student achievement is having students self assess their own work. Students' reflections can tell us more about what a student learned than a test. @JenRoberts1Use the Seesaw app.
Interview and AnalysisStudents can interview someone over a historical event, reading, article, etc and then analyze the answers in written or video form. @Mer_Townsend
Compare and ContrastStudents compare current topic or content with other events or content. For example, comparing events in 2 separate eras. Comparing and contrasting procedures or problems. @Mer_Townsend
DiagramingStudents draw or diagram processes, vocabulary, events, etc. I would use this when studying cell organelles. Students could choose to take a MC test over the material or draw and explain the organelles. Checks for the same knowledge. @Mer_Townsend
Board Game/Card GameStudents can create games for any content area. For example, the game can include characters, plot and conflict for assessing literature. Social studies and science also have many possibilities. The nice thing is the class can play them for fun or review!@caudill_holly
A brochureStudents create a brochure of the topic to guide other students through solving problems in math, visiting places in social studies, being a successful writer, or an experiment in science.@meyst_h
Flipgrid videosStudents create short videos explaining work. Can use for video debates (students can leave video responses back to each other), explain a math problem, show art work and explain concepts, PE teachers use for physical assessment (i.e. Monthly push up challenge) Videos can be private or made public for there to comment on and now a grading piece is included. @kcurriesmithChristine Pinto just introduced me to Flipgrid through a #GAFE4Littles Slow Chat. I like that it gives the shy student or a student who never raises their hand a voice. Sometimes students need time to gather their thoughts before responding. If assessed on the quick answer, it might appear that they don't know. This gives them that needed time. You know if a student has mastered something, when he/she is able to explain or teach it to others, @mom2teachk1
Being your own "David Attenborough"Full screen a YT video, mute system audio and have the student be the narrator (in their own words). In Science we call it being your own "David Attenborough". Could apply to any subject!@ict_edu
Tellagami ApStudents create an avatar and select a picture (based on theme) as a background. Students record themselves applying the thematic vocab & grammar in the foreign language classroom. This can be used in math as well. Take a picture of a problem, use it as a background and students explain the thought process in solving the problem. @HowdeePartna
A breakout EDU challenge for peers Creating a Breakout EDU game as a culminating activity would demonstrate what a student knows and understands about a unit. But it's creative and fun. Best of all, when students play each other's games, they further consolidate learning. @JCasaTodd
A program that leads students through a set of problem
Students with (typically Java) programming skills create a game in which other students have to solve problems to get to the next level. Combines programming, logic, art/design and math. Also works if programming a calcluator - specifically TI-Nspire. @kvdspek
Scavenger HuntStudents create clues that are broken by solving problems. Other students participate in the scavenger hunt. Hopefully there is a prize at the end that results in the teacher getting food! @kvdspek
A Desmos ActivityStudents use to create an activity for other students. This has proven to be powerful in more advanced HS math classes, but could be used in MS too. @kvdspek
Whiteboard ConversationStudents can demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a conversation with the instructor. Have a chunk of whiteboard handy, some markers. Ask them to demonstrate or model the concept.@dassel
Digital portfolio showing progression of skill/conceptStudents create and maintain a digital portfolio of various artifacts they've created throughout a unit/course. These can range from podcasts to presentations to games to essays to photo gallaries, etc. @msangelapilsonSeesaw appYou could have students create a Google site to use as digital portfolio, Christine Pinto had her Littles do that. @mom2teachk1The new Google Sites are very easy to use at just about any level.
ScreencastStudents learn information, process it into their schema, and present to audience in a 30-60 second screencast with shareable link posted in GCR or common platform.@pvnellisEducreations app
Local menu redesignStudents utilize mainly local agricultural products to produce a more environmentally-friendly menu in Google Drawing that advertises buying and selling local goods.@pvnellis
animotoStudents create a video/slidehow to demonstrate their knowledge of a concept@SangermanoMinaI love this one because students don't waste a lot of time on the bells and whistles and concentrate on the content and it looks well done when they are finished.
Self-Reflection / Google Form surveyStudents can demonstrate their mastery by thinking through their own understanding and reflecting on the extent to which they have mastered the skill or concept. Offer students a Google Form survey with a mix of checkboxes, multiple choice options, and open form responses that help them to honestly assess and report what it is they feel like they have masters, what they haven't, and what their next step is. This is also great feedback for the instructor to know what instructional methods have worked or not.@BuffEnglishDo you have an example of a form that you already use?Here is an exit ticket (Google Form) on teen numbers:
SeesawStudents can draw or annotate a picture or add their own creation. They also can use the recording tool to explain (scripts can be provided for scaffolding purposes). Teachers can give feedback through comments, as can peers and parents.The app even helps teachers evaluate and assess using teacher notes and skills view (not visible to students).@MrsAshleyBFort
Graphic Novel/InterviewStudent can prepare a graphic novel of important concepts/experimentation/etc. Student then 'tells the story' in an interview. Finally, interviewer can ask questions/seek clarification. Marked on rubrics for completeness and correctness of 'the science', telling the story, and the ability to discuss and answer.@jamesmckirdyI did this as an alternative final evaluation for Grade 12 Chemistry with a student (who is a very good artist) who was unlikely to be succerssful with the 'pen and paper' final exam that we are expected to use. She did fine on the alternative evaluation and 'made the grade'. I collaborated with the art teacher to pull this one off. JMcK
Code on scratchHave students use Scratch to introduce themselves at the beginning of the year. You can partner them up.Ask them to include one movement, a background and other features. Great way to the start the year and get them use to using Scratch. @rippie77
Stop motion video
Google site@binglmcOur students made digital portfolios of their work.
Produce items for another grade level to see
SelfiesHave students go out into the "real world" to find examples of what you have discussed in class. They take a "selfie" and the write a quick statement about how what they found relates back to the classroom content. The easier it is for them to find eveyday items, the more they have picked up... and the connections they make can also help point to misunderstandings. @MelissaHolzhauer
Recorded InterviewStudents that record interviews must do a lot of prep to have an informative experience. I am particularly keen on history students interviewing their grandparents. Think of the show Storycorps on NPR. @digiteacherAll my 8th grade history students were paired with WWII era seniors from a local nursing home. They wrote an introductory letter to learn about their involvement before the face to face interview. The research part was vital in order to formulate questions. The final inteviews were emotional and inspiring.
Tellagami AppWe had students explain their math process by using Tellagmi to describe their steps in solving certain equations in their Explain Everything videos.@BarbM17
Socratic SeminarI love to use seminars after students have read a common text. I organize the discussion around a key question. Each student is expected to contribute at least one time (hopefully more) and make one connection to the text. I use an inner-outer circle format, so students are either actively participating or they are observing a designated partner and filling out a sheet. They switch roles after a set amount of time. (I keep it short at the beginning of the year.) At the end of the period, students use their observation sheets to debrief with their partners. Students write reflections about how the discussion enhanced their understanding of the text as a follow-up assessment (usually the next day in class).@jmarangell
Fictional DialogueThis assessment technique works well when students are studying different individuals who have competing ideas. For example, when students study the Enlightenment in my Modern World History class, I ask them to write a dialogue between Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Both thinkers had different ideas about government, but there were some common themes in their work, as well. Students need to highlight the similarities and differences within the conversation. I usually give them a suggested length (e.g., at least 5 exchanges) and provide texts from which they can extract the key ideas. @jmarangell
Google Slide-Complete a Picture Sort (Kindergarten)Have students drag and sort pictures into the categories on the mat. Then have them add 1 more picture to each category.@mom2teachk1
Google Slide-Complete a Venn diagram (Kindergarten)Have students drag pictures onto Venn diagram on slide to show which object stack, roll or stack and roll.@mom2teachk1
Google Slide-Create a simple stop motion animation to show their learning. (Kindergarten)Have students create a stop motion animation using Google Slides to depict the life cycle of a plant. You can have them include labels.@mom2teachk1
Draw/label a picture. (Kindergarten)Have students draw a picture in Doodle Buddy or use iPad camera to take photo. Insert into a Google Slide and label.@mom2teachk1
Create/label a model.Students used salt dough/paint or different-colored construction paper to make models of different landforms.@mom2teachk1
ChatterpixApp that allows Ss to draw a line and make an image speak. Great for listening and speaking skills.@iluvteaching72
TableauxThis is more formative than for mastery. I assign a section to read - could be from a novel or a current event, etc. Students brainstorm together about the main ideas of the section. You could do this on a white board or on Sheets. Then I assign one point to a group, so that all the ideas are covered - but no one knows who has which section. Then each group has to figure out how to do a tableaux of the section. I usually ask them to do it in 2 parts - an opening scene and then change the scene. We practice in groups facing towards the outside of the room so no one can see them and also so they don't get embarrassed. Then we practice. Finally we perform. The audience has to guess which section (main idea) is being represented. The "doing" often helps them have better recall.@debbieborn1
Google HangoutsStudents can use Google Hangouts to connect with students anywhere in the world! My 4th graders used Hangouts to connect with another 4th grade class in the same school district to test their knowledge and skills - and have a little friendly competition - about what they learned about weather, erosion, and deposition around their schools. It was was a super neat way to see them to connect to other kids their age, use information they had just learned, also formatively assess them without it being a "test." Try it!@jenmalitvbcps
Mind MapStudents can draw mind maps on paper or on a drawing app to demonstrate their understanding about the interconnections of a concept/topic/subject in a graphical manner.@HitchedEd
Debate/Discussion using Parliamentary ProcedureParliamentary procedure provides a framework that encourages all students to have an equal
voice in classroom discussions/debates. Similar to the use of the Socratic Seminar listed above, students would demonstrate mastery by their participation in the discussion, written observations, and their reflections of the activity.