By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture
A group of teachers tackled this question last weekend at the NCMA’s Creative Assessment workshop. Although they taught a wide range of subjects–art, ESL, math, science, kindergarten–they shared a vision and together brainstormed ways to bring it to life across classrooms.
Consider using these ideas as your own rubric the next time you create a project to measure student learning.
A good assessment…
- is creative…it stretches teacher and student practice and thinking
- includes an element of arts-based performance and/or arts investigation
- slows students down, encourages them to think deeply and pay attention to details
- includes a clear demonstration of the steps and skills that are necessary for the project
- allows students to respond to new knowledge in a personal way
- provides opportunities for mid- and post-project reflection
Need a model to get you started? This 7th grade science lesson features each of the components above.