Designing Student-Centered Assessments

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PLAN: Criteria for a Student-Centered Exam For the PDSA cycle I am going to use individual journal entries because they are engaging and interactive to every student, and they are a great tool in reflecting on what each student has learned in the lesson. “Student-centered assessments must be engaging and interactive, while incorporating sharing, trusting, team building, reflecting, helping and coaching.”(Pitas, 2000) The students will be given the freedom to write anything that is on their mind and the students will answer three questions that will help generate well thought out answers. The students will write at the very least a paragraph for each day they are learning a lesson. PLAN: Student-Centered Assessment The student assessment that I choose for my students to complete in my geometry class was to write in their personal journals. By writing in a personal journal and reflecting on the lesson they learned, I will be “Activating students as the owners of their learning.” (William, 2007) After each lesson, usually at the last 5 to 10 minutes of each class period, I had my students write in their personal journal of what they learned and what information they were not completely sure of. At the end of the class as my students leave, I will hold on to their journal and look through a few of them to see what they understood and what they still need help with in understanding. The students will have three questions they can answer on their journal entries, they are: 1. What is one topic I learned today? Why is it important? Why does this topic make sense to me? 2. What is something that I still need help with? Why? What can I or the teacher do to help me better understand this topic? 3. How does this lesson ... ... middle of paper ... ... the students a better understanding of what I am looking for in each entry. I think I will use a suggestion from McTighe, “Teachers can also use the examples (with student names removed) with future students to help them see the difference excellent, good, fair, and poor work.”(Richardson, 2009) This will be a great way for students to identify what is expected of them and it will save instructional time in the process so we don’t fall behind in my pacing scale Works Cited Miller, J. (2013). Video Lecture: Assessment for Learning Richardson, J. (2008). Evidence of Learning: A conversation with Jay McTighe. Principal Leadership. 9(1). 30-34 William, D., & Thompson, M. (2007). Integrating assessment with instruction: What will it take to make it work? In C.A. Dwyer (Ed.), The future of assessment: Shaping teaching and learning (pp. 53-82).

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