Tuesday, March 24, 2009


How do I assess student learning?
I assess student learning in a variety of different ways. Some assessments are simple while others are more complex. Some simple assessments include teacher observation and questioning, class discussions, quizzes, K-W-L charts or organizers. More complex assignments include lab write ups, tests, and projects. For this module I created a blog. I will probably grade the students on their effort. This would include students providing an entry that showed research was used. Students should have also included several ways to conserve their resource. I would also like for the students to critique each other by having the students respond to at least one other blog written by a classmate.

How do I involve students in the assessment process?
I let students know how they will be assessed before they ever complete a project. I will show and review with them the rubrics that will be used for grading. In some activities I have students personally reflect on their work as part of their assessment. With this blog assignment I am having the students critique each others blogs. They will need to comment on at least one other classmates blog.

By doing this blog, students will be able to share information and opinions in a quick and concise manner. I think the kids will enjoy blogging as it is similar to things they already like to do like Facebook or Myspace. I believe this really brings education into the 21st century.


  1. You have described a variety of assessments. Letting students know how they will be graded before an assignment is very important.

  2. It sounds like you do utilize a good variety of assessments in your classroom. I think this is great because it does allow students several different ways to showcase what they know.

    I agree with you about your students blogging. I think that they will really enjoy it! We allowed our Algebra kids to take an online quiz, and they thought that was fabulous . . . and it was a quiz! So, I would imagine that giving them the chance to comment on other students blogs would create interest in your classroom. So, good luck!

  3. Please tell me how you grade for effort and participation. Do you have a rubric that you use for A's, B's, etc. I often tell the students that I'm just grading for effort and they always turn to each other and say..."that means I got an A" while others say "that means I failed." I want to be fair to all but I know who has done a lot of work and who hasn't but how do you assign a grade to effort? I'm desperate for an answer!!