Tuesday, August 19, 2014

creative responses and formative assessment...


Junior secondary students are required to read a book for 10 mins at the beginning of each English lesson...
The students choose their own book...
If they complete required class work,
students are encouraged to develop a creative response to their reading...
The one above is a sample of Alina's recent Year 8 work...


To foster interest in senior English studies, creative responses are encouraged too...
Above is Year 11 Sarah Dunstan's response to Macbeth, just using newspaper headlines...


Creative responses encourage students 
to connect ideas...
to express ideas differently...

They are a challenge for both the able and the less able students,
without the pressure of competition or
the feeling that someone is always better than someone else.
Some students complete these creative responses as they listen...a great tool to help them concentrate...
Creativity is an attractive goal
when the teacher needs to steer through lessons that students may find "not so appealing".
If we complete how to write an essay by this time... then we will create...
Concentration is paramount...

I now use creative folders in all my classes.
They are a wonderful asset when:
- many students are absent e.g. rally day
- after lunch lesson represents restless attitudes
- a bonus option when students complete required class work
- ideal for extension and remedial work (differentiation)  - I simply insert the appropriate sheets


Teaching is not just about 
recognising and acknowledging learning styles,
it is about encouraging a range of response styles 
for an optimum, ongoing measure of student performance...
that is what formative assessment is all about...


In summary,
 creative responses encourage 
the holistic measure of student performance...


NOTE
a great resource for ideas...
56 Examples of Formative Assessment


shared on Edmodo 19.8.14



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3 comments:

Valerie Ratcliff said...

I am really keen to learn HOW you implement these strategies. Do you offer them as optional? Do you say, now we are going to have a creative response? How do you coach students to illicit a deeper, more explorative project from them?

Gosia k said...

I am a teacher at U3A. Your post is great.

Gosia k said...

I find your blog insresting because I am ESL (English teacher in high junior school and at university) Love from Poland

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