The grade 2 students will be wrapping up a Net Games unit over the next couple of weeks. Upon reviewing some of the formative assessment tasks that I have given the students during the unit, it was clear to see that many of them were stuck on certain fundamental skills related to net games. In today’s class we did a whole class performance assessment. Essentially, the assessment task required them to complete one level before moving on to the next. Levels 1-3 were individual based skills with levels 4-6 working on skills with a partner. Achieving the highest level (7) would allow them to play in a game against someone else achieving level 7. A description of each level is as follows:
Level 1: Individual Floor Bounces- Student must be able to hit at least 20 consecutive times (ball off racket with one bounce off of floor) before moving to Level 2
Level 2: Individual Pop Ups- Students must be able to hit at least 10 consecutive pop ups without letting the ball touch the floor before moving on to Level 3
Level 3: Individual Hit off Wall- Students must be able to hit at least 10 consecutive shots off of the wall, with one bounce on the floor before moving to Level 4
Level 4: Partner Floor Bounces- With a partner they must hit (back and forth) at least 20 consecutive floor bounces before moving on to Level 5
Level 5: Partner Pop Ups-With a partner they must hit at least 10 pop ups before moving on to Level 6
Level 6: Partner Hit off Wall- With a partner they must hit back and forth off the wall, with one bounce on floor, at least 10 times before moving on to Level 7
Level 7: Play a simple game against their partner scoring points
Once the students complete each level, they must run up to the whiteboard and check off that level before moving on to the next. Everyone uses the same performance assessment on the whiteboard (please see slide show) for a better understanding.
End of Class Reflection
In the last 5 minutes of class, the grade 2 students came together to look at the performance assessment on the whiteboard. The key question that I had them think about was ‘What does this assessment tell us about our skills?’ Most of the students progressed well in levels 1 and 2. Some got to level 3 and only a handful advanced further. The students realized that they really needed to continue working on their skills before playing in any kind of game against another person.