Assessment is all about making judgements and teaching our students to identify important factors related to success immediately sets the stage for deeper level thinking to take place. During the course of this past week, my students in grades 2 to 4 have been working on creating simple routines in our movement composition unit. Using a number of You Tube videos on different types of movement composition, I have had the students pretend to be olympic judges and to think hard about what makes an excellent routine so amazing to watch. What key elements can we pick out from these routines that can be measured?
You can see from the picture below the way that the assessment task was set up. After each group performed their short routine, I had the students give verbal feedback right away and to assess each criterion as either OK, GOOD, or SUPER. We used a color coded system as you can see in the picture. For example, if the students felt that the timing of the routine was OK, I would color that criterion in green.
I incorporated some maths into the grade 4 lessons by having each student vote on the assessment criteria (1 was OK, 2 was Good, and 3 was Super). The results were recorded on the board and we figured out the average and then used the appropriate color on the assessment chart seen in the picture. Although each of the classes had mostly similar assessment criteria there were some differences. You can see these differences in the pictures as well.