End of Semester Assessments

I've had some questions come lately about how I do assessments. I've integrated blogging and wikis into almost all of these. It is important to have “genuine” assessments which accurately reflect the knowledge of students. It is always a struggle to make sure we assess fairly but responsibly. Here is what four of my classes are doing this semester.

If you have any questions, post them.

Remember, as teachers we must be willing to do what is best for our students, not necessarily what we are used to. It was difficult to switch from “formal exams” but now that I have, I'm very happy and feel better the knowledge my students have.

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4 thoughts on “End of Semester Assessments

  1. Yes, Vicki, it is worth it, for the students too, as well as for you. Then you will know that the skills and knowledge you are teaching aren’t going to waste and the students are using them actively in their own lives, which is important even after they leave school.

  2. And that’s awesome how the students have newspaper articles and publicity about them in eighth grade!

  3. Hi Vicki,
    This was very interesting. I totally agree with you around walking away from exams. Authentic assessment is starting to become very important to me, and I am preparing to deploy a portfolio solution for my ESL students. (I teach business English in Mexico City.)

    I’m curious: have you ever used a 100% digital format for your portfolio work?

    How do you introduce the whole concept of portfolios? I would really love to learn how you do/did it from start to finish.

    Aaron in Mexico City

  4. Aaron,

    Although much of the work in the portfolio is digital in nature, I do have the turn in a paper copy for one primary reason — electronic media can “dissappear” and I do not want the responsibility of making sure that all digital works remain in existence for time immemorium!

    Also, I want them to have copies of what they have done as well as reference material for later (I have them printout copies of wikitext and HTML reference material.) This way, when they are in college and have forgotten the actual coding schema, they can go back and look at their records and use them to succeed.

    In college, they don’t “teach” you to use these technologies, they typically just expect it. This way, I’ve given my students a recorded knowledge base to pull from.

    I’m a big believer in backup. I always recommend that anyone who does a digital portfolio have a copy somewhere so that it does not “evaporate.”

    Great question!

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