Rather than asking students to regurgitate facts on a test, it’s important to come up with alternate classroom assessment techniques to determine their level of understanding. Try using some of these alternative assessment techniques to gauge your students’ learning.
Writing requires students to draw on the knowledge that they have. They need to figure out how to explain a concept to others or apply the information in a new way. One of the easiest ways to do this is through an essay. Choose a prompt that allows students to reflect on the material and think critically about how to apply the information outside of the classroom.
Some other ways to use writing as an assessment includes composing poetry, a eulogy for a literary or historical character, or a diary or journal entry.
With a little bit of creativity and planning, projects can be a great way for students to demonstrate their understanding. And of course, there are lots of options. From creating a time capsule to recording a radio program or infomercial, you can think of an interesting way for students to present the information. Other ideas to consider include a newscast, review games, documentary, or timeline. Many of these projects could be completed individually or as a group, too.
I like to mix things up and use lots of different classroom assessment techniques to meet my students’ strengths and find things that they enjoy. For students who aren’t particularly artistic, however, it can be a good way to stretch them and push them to try new things.
There are lots of things that you could have your students create to assess their learning through art, such as bookmarks, business cards, bumper stickers, comic strips, brochures, scrapbook pages, and collages.
Presentations are another great classroom assessment technique to use. Have students spend time creating something to present in class. They could either perform for the entire class or for small groups. Use PowerPoint, create a museum exhibit, write a speech, or use other presentation ideas that students can prepare for class.
This is the perfect area where you can get creative, making your teaching much more fun for both you and your students! So don't be afraid to get creative.
Think about the material that your students are currently studying. What would be the best classroom assessment techniques that would allow students to show you what they’ve learned? Try to use lots of different techniques with your students. And ask students for feedback, so you can determine how well they liked the assessment and what you could do differently next year. Then, you can continually change and perfect the classroom assessment techniques that you use with your students.