Friday, August 19, 2005

(Partly) Negotiated Assessment

Continuing on from yesterdays post. Here are the final agreed criteria for assessment that the students came up with. They did this with almost no input from me until the end when I asked a few pertinent questions such as, “How am I going to judge that?”
These were the criteria for the product they will make:
  • Creativity – how well the imagery is developed
  • Originality – thoughtful language, minimal use of clich├ęs
  • Presentation – the anthology had to be presented in a visually appealing way
  • Use of the correct form/structure for the poems – where this is specified
There are more criteria for the process. Student were also more open to the idea of self assessment for this aspect but overall the general feeling seemed to be that this should only form part of the assessment – the teacher should still have a say in this part. Interesting. Seems to match some experiences of Nat over at My Brilliant, Happy Career.
These were the criteria for process:
  • Using class time effectively
  • Effort shown
  • How much was learnt
  • Enjoyment in the process (these last two will obviously be only self assessed)
  • Participation in class
  • Evidence of editing
  • A statement of the source of inspiration for the pieces of writing
We also talked about the weighting of the assessment and how each criterion could be measured. There is obviously still some more discussion to be had about this. I am hoping that at least some students will present their anthologies in digital form, although I haven’t said anything about this. The class blog for these students is now linked here. Enjoy.

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