The importance of using visuals in the assessments we give our students
We have just concluded our Target Games unit in grade one PE at Nanjing International School. I wanted to share our summative assessment task. Anyone who has seen my style of assessment before knows that I strongly believe in the use of visuals on the assessment sheets that I have the students complete. I have found that using visuals such as images to go along with key words or phrases on the assessment sheets greatly helps in allowing kids to better connect with their learning.
In particular, I find that the ESL students in my classes really benefit from the use of these visuals, especially in the lower grades. Not only are the assessment sheets visually enhanced, key vocabulary stands out so much more helping to engage students on a deeper level as they complete these tasks.
Whenever possible I also try to include a photo of the students in action and paste in on the assessment sheets for the students to see. Today's summative task was quite simple, but was a fun way to conclude the Target Games unit. The lesson was broken down into 5 parts as you can see below:
A) A general introduction to the task which included a questioning session that allowed students to identify 4 the major means of sending an object towards a target that we had worked on for the previous several weeks.
B) Choosing their favorite way of sending an object toward a target and having a few last practices.
C) Getting their picture taken using their favorite way to send an object toward a target
D) Completing a self-assessment rubric
E) A final discussion that allowed students to tell me ways that they think that the Target Games unit can be improved upon next time around
Getting Important Feedback About the Unit
As mentioned in section E above, I asked the students to describe ways that they feel the unit can be improved upon for next year. I recorded their ideas in my journal and will definitely make the changes next time time we do the Target Games unit. It took about 5 minutes to have this final discussion and I recorded their ideas in my own words, but some of the main ideas can be seen in the picture to the left.
Have a look at some of the assessment sheets completed by the students. I feel as though they were all quite accurate in the way that they self-assessed themselves. Overall, the unit went very well and I am happy to have allowed them the opportunity to discuss ways that they feel Target Games can be improved upon. I will include their thoughts and ideas in the teacher reflection section of the unit planner. Thanks for reading!