Creative assessment

9 Apr

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After seeing this prompt poster on:
http://firstgradefresh.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/lots-of-randomness-and-updates.html
It reminded me of an easy task to assess the students knowledge near the end of the session.

After tutor input and student activity has taken place then ask the students in groups to design a poster or leaflet explaining the ideas/concepts they’ve learned. This tests higher order thinking, teamwork and presentation skills.

I’ve used this idea to get students to make punctuation posters after a session on using punctuation and its far more exciting than carrying out sentence correction tasks to show understanding. If you put ideas into an envelope and let the students pick one out such as ‘design a poster to show what a comma is and how it is used’ they can immediately start planning and discussing what to include. An additional bonus of this task is that the posters can be used as a display; students really like to see their work on the wall.

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