Assessing the Thought Process

How to make assessments and rubrics that capture your students' thought process.
I read a blog post by Melissa Purtee that asserts that we should be assessing learning not just the work.  Or at least using a balanced approach that includes assessing both the learning and the work.  

Assessments with Writing

Getting students to reflect and self-assess can be tricky.  Sometimes "less is more" ... when the assessment tool looks less intimidating, students are more likely to use it and give you good information.  

Getting Students Involved in Assessment

You might say that I’m a little assessment obsessed! I’m so obsessed with assessments, that I made my master’s project about assessment. Wait, what … YOU LOVE ASSESSING! You might be saying to yourself. Well, no, in fact I don't like assessing. I’d much rather be making art projects. But that is why I made it my mission to figure out the best way to do this. If I’m going to spend a great deal of my time doing something, I want to know that I’m doing it the best way possible. 

A Peek Inside the Norwich Art Room

 I recently had a chance to meet with some Hilliard teachers to talk about my Op Art lessons.  While in the Norwich Art Room I could help but notice how wonderful all the signs that Jamie made were.  She's been teaching in this room for less than a year and has really created a wonderful space! 

Avatar Self Portrait Lesson with Mission Statement

This makes creating an avatar self portrait so much easier!  Students will also write either a life, work or school mission statement.  Great lesson about identity!

I recently developed an Avatar Lesson. The inspiration for this lesson was trying to come up with a lesson that could turn into a collaborative project with each student's work on a square.  I wanted students to show their identity in a visually interesting way.  The visual in my head reminded me of a friends list on Facebook, where each student was represented by a profile picture or avatar.  I looked online at avatars and was inspired by the graphic cartoon-like avatars that some people create.

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