May 5, 2011

Assessment, rubrics and PBL

This week's readings were very interesting and important for the understanding of assessment through the class period. I particularly liked the alternative assessment because through some activities, students can show their strengths rather than their weaknesses when using the language. This method is enforcing the learner rather than discouraging him/her, so it improves the motivation when doing a task. A very interesting point that was taken into consideration was that the student can improve their learning through self evaluation. By doing this, students not only can show their linguistic abilities, but they can also show their learning process. Another important aspect that seems to be very effective is the fact that leaning occurs not by looking at how many right answers you got, but by how well you can communicate the message. Probably, the biggest advantage when using this method would be that the student actively participates in the activity; which indeed helps to develop their skills.
I have used check list in my classes for keeping track of the observed performance of the student, and this gives me a better idea if the student is meeting the required task. For example, for one my class activities, I asked my students to do a group project where they had to do some drafts before submitting and actually presenting the work to the class. I used checklist as a way of keeping track that they have submitted all of the required materials that were asked fro the class and if not, I deducted point from the project.
For my writing class, I always use rubrics because it gives the student a clear and brief explanation of what is expected for the paper. I always design these rubrics by diving it into 4 parts: the introductory section, the body, the conclusion and finally the strengths of their paper. By using this kind of assessment, students have clear understanding of what Is going to be assessed when turning in their papers
Finally I would like to say that incorporating alternative assessment into the classrooms activities can become one of the most powerful tools for teachers to implement in their assessment program,.

On the other hand, Web Quests is a powerful website where students can get information, explore and also evaluate. The information gotten is all from the web. I personally think that it is one of the best ways of learning and teaching because there are some advantages. It can be done in one class period and it also involves work from all the students which increases their motivation level.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Santiago
    Lovely post!! Unquestionably, alternative assessment gives us the change to evaluate our students learning taking into account their strengths rather than the things they may do wrong. Therefore, it will increase their motivation and help them improve their learning. Besides, by self evaluation they will also develop some other values such as honesty and responsibility that will be precious for everything they do in their lives. And, of course, by using rubrics we facilitate our jobs and students’ job as well since they can have a clear idea of what is expected and this way confusion and complaints will be avoided. So, alternative, innovative assessment is the best way we can help our students to take evaluation as something positive that helps and encourages them to learn better and more.
    Developing projects in webquest is another innovative tool that will help us and them to have a better process

    Good luck with your project and keep on with your energy and good work


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