Ditching Multiple Choice Tests: Using Problem Based Learning as measurements of student learning through the use of Real World Experiences
AngelaNina David Escanilla, Unity Junior High SchoolCollaboration 142
Time and time again, students are asked to [recite information at the end of each unit, often in the form of multiple choice tests. But through this practice, the line between information learned vs. information memorized becomes increasingly blurred. Creating a Real World Experience provides students with the opportunity to learn through the use of inquiry: questioning, researching, presenting, and applying their learning to real life. Each Real World Experience is a culmination of literature, writing, history, and of course, civics. Through the accompaniment of both whole class and small group novels, students create genuine displays that reflect what they have learned and how their newfound knowledge can be applied to current events. In this session, you will be introduced to an example of a Real World Experience, which serves as each unit’s summative assessment. We will discuss planning, how to create assignments that align with Standards-Based Grading, and even take a look at a few student examples.
When you put this all together, just make sure you don't have things separated from their names, etc. It requires some fenagaling in the end, but it looks clean.