Day Three of reading polygamist style and I’m still confident in my choice. You can read my summary of how I’m reading multiple books at once here and how it went after 24 hours here.
Like all things in live, there are positives and negative aspects to certain methodologies. I may still be a novice, but here are a few observations I’ve made in my 72 hours of reading five books at once.
Tuesday marks the beginning of Finals Week at my school. I’ve been teaching for nine years, and each year I change the way I have administered and developed my midterm and final exam. I have rarely been required to follow a particular format by my administration, which was a joy but also could be taxing. I have utilized objective assessment formats: multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and matching; subjective and project-based have also served as my culminating assessments. I have reflected on the merits of the multiple formats and have determined a list of pros and cons for each.
Trends in comprehension (number correct/incorrect) efficiently identified
Format can parallel standardized tests which allows for students to be more familiar and comfortable when assessed (ACT, SAT, state tests)
Only assesses one type of learning/interpretation
Creating questions that truly align with objectives/standards can be difficult
Leaves little room for students to express themselves and their understanding
Little-to-no creativity or individuality allowed
Objective Assessments (Short Answer, Short Essay, Essay)
Students able to express themselves and their understanding in their own way
More room for individuality
Questions can be more easily created because they can encompass more ideas/skills
Takes longer to grade
Some students are not strong writers
Addresses one learning style
Usually there are fewer questions (sometimes only one), therefore if it is interpreted incorrectly, students’ responses may not fully encompass their full knowledge
ESL/ESE students may struggle
Extensive rubrics required
Allowance for multiple interpretations and approaches to answering the prompt
Creativity is encouraged
Application of classroom content to a real-world issue
Students are allowed to connect to the content in a real way
More learning styles are addressed
Collaboration is an option
Requires outside of class time – teacher has little control over if it is completed
Developing the project requirements is more complex
Multiple aspects need to addressed when grading
Students need strong support in developing presentation skills; scaffolding required
Multiple days required for presentation
Extensive rubrics required
Ultimately, there is no one proper way to assess students; all formats present their advantages and disadvantages. A good teacher who wants to truly assess their students’ complete understanding and skill level will not choose just one format, but will allow for multiple assessment formats.