An excellent example of the possibilities that exist with DIY reporting
To provide you with a bit of background information, last week I blogged about a new strategy I am trying out in PE. As my grade 5 fitness unit has just concluded, I have given my students choice in regards to their summative assessment. The one option is that I give them a teacher designed rubric and some reflection questions that they have to answer. The other option is that I allow them to design their own end of unit report on themselves that focuses on the key student learning outcomes from the unit.
I told them that I have complete trust in their ability to be honest and to genuinely assess themselves. I also said that based on what I have seen in the unit, should there be a great discrepancy between my assessment of them and their assessment of themselves, we would sit down and talk about it. I gave them the next week to complete their DIY report, but a couple of students have already handed in their work to me. Both are non-native English speakers. They are not the most athletic, but understand the value of hard work. Both did a great job in the fitness unit setting goals and working toward them.
As you can see, both assessment pieces are quite different. The first one is very reflective and addresses how the student had improved in her level of cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, and flexibility. The second one focuses more on the student's understanding of what needed to be done during the unit, but also shows that she was tuned into the big ides of our fitness unit. Both assessment pieces to me offer great insight into my students' thoughts and conceptual understanding in this unit. I will be sharing more assessment pieces as they are handed in to me.