Product Strategies — Assessment Strategies

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Assessment Strategies include Formative Assessments, Rubrics, Portfolios, Student-led Conferences, Summative Assessments, Alternative Assessments.
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DI and Multiple intelligence strategy:

Burke and O'Brien
We are Health and PE teachers and we have created an assignment that the students self select a project that deals with current health issues. The assignment allows the students to choose a method for the project that directly relates to their intelligence. The students learn about themselves in an introspective mode which gives them more insights on their strengths and places them in a positive environment, that optimizes the student outcome and enjoyment in the learning process.

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Tiered Performance Assessment and Strategy Game

Great example of setting up a tiered performance assessment in the classroom. This example involves a middle school math class. While technology is not used within this example in the classroom, it certainly is used to share the example via TeacherTube!

Assessment Strategy

After completing a unit, students could self-select a product to demonstrate understating. Some options could be an slide show,, a PowerPoint, Podcast/vodcast or imovie. A teacher-generated rubric from, could be utilized to assess in an authentic manner.

Create a Comic
When studying any math that works with motion (physics), students can create a comic about that motion and include calculations an explanation to go along with it. I do this when studying quadratics. I begin by having the students watch the movie October Sky and teach them some of the math that is referred to in the movie, then the students create a comic that includes something that flies through the air. The students then do calculations to tie together time the object was in the air, initial velocity, distance traveled, highest height, and the time the object reaches the highest height. I have recently learned of some ways that students can create a comic using programs like “Comic Life” instead of drawing it by hand. This is a good project to assess that students understanding on this information without using a test or quiz.

Study Island

Study Island is a PSSA prep website that can be used for practice, progress monitoring, and assessment for Language Arts and Mathematics for students of varying grade levels.

Students are placed in flexible, leveled groups using through Study Island's "Class Manager." The groups are named so that students are unaware of which level they are placed in. The groups are then given needs based assignments utilizing the website's "Add Assignment" function. Along with giving assignments, the teacher can verbally instruct the students to vary time allowed, amount of questions and difficulty for each individual. The teacher can then monitor student progress and move children from group to group based on performance. Group and assignment changes are easily monitored and modified through the Study Island website. The teachers are given immediate feedback as students complete assignments and move towards achieving individual goals.

- Katie Reuben and Jessica Nash, GLES

Rehearsing for Presentations with the Document Camera

The document camera is a great tool for helping students prepare to give presentations. Students can direct the head of the camera (lasers off) at themselves so that their own image is projected on the screen. That way, they can see and modify their body language, mannerisms, and posture as they stand in front of the class.

It can also be used to help less confident students become comfortable presenting if they stand in another part of the room with the document camera aimed at them, while the class watches the screen instead of looking directly at them.

Brenda Ransom, Instructional Technology Facilitator
Puyallup School District; Puyallup, Washington

Random Order Formative Assessment
Option 1: Got a random counter on your computer as one of your tools? Give each student a number. If you have 25 students, set your range from 1-25. Ask a question to the class and have the student with the number that corresponds to the number showing on the random counter respond.

Option 2: Put your students in a small group (3-4 students per group). Give each group a number. Pose a question to the class and give the groups a certain amount of time to come to concensus on the answer. The group that actually responds will be the group whose number matches the number on the random counter. Students love this and it holds all groups accountable.
Gaye Lantz
Puyallup School District, Puyallup, Washington

TenMarks Education, Inc.

TenMarks has launched a math practice and learning program for grades 3 - High School and as of today, it’s FREE for teachers to use in class or for their students to use at home.
Teachers choose their own curriculum (mapped to state standards), assign work to students, have it automatically graded immediately, review individual and class performance, and most importantly, take immediate action. TenMarks is super effective and real easy to use – it was designed with the help of math teachers across the country. What’s more - it's FREE for the entire class!