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Tue Jul 03 2001 - 23:13:16 EDT
Next message: LARJHenn@aol.com: "[Teacher-talkinquiry] Workshop 8"
Both Tim O'keefe and Virginia Lockwood shared wonderful techniques for
assessment. The "Spy notebook " was my favorite idea. I try to look at each
child through a variety of lenses. I am a kid watcher and often take notes
during classroom science inquiry. I liked the idea of sharing the notes with
the students in order for them to improve their learning. So often I look at
these notes o help me create experiences to improve a weak area. Why not
allow the students to see these notes and take ownership of the areas to
improve as well as the areas that they are doing great!
I also feel that assessment is a great feedback tool. We as teachers and
learners should constantly be getting and giving feedback to improve.
Another great tool is the gift of self-evaluation. If you can assess your
own learning using a rubric than you can also improve in your weaker areas,
because you already know what needs to be done.
After viewing this session, I started allowing peers to use rubrics and
assess each other. The students handled this task with kindness and honesty.
Indeed the students in my classroom used this process as a learning
experience. Several students told me that by being able to assess someone
else allowed them to assess themselves in a whole different light.
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