Physics teacher Dolores Gende is shifting her teaching to a student-driven learning model by selecting some areas of focus each year. This year it’s assessment. “I see assessment as an ongoing process that informs me and my students and gauges the progression of learning. I partner with my students, and they appreciate not being constrained by fixed deadlines and dead-end quiz scores. They prefer the ample opportunities we create to demonstrate they can accomplish all of our Learning Objectives.”
Iâ€™ve nodded sagely as people discussed whether students should help create their own assessment rubric. Of course they should. Why doesnâ€™t everyone do this, I wondered? It just never occurred to me to do it in MY classroom. It wasnâ€™t that I didnâ€™t think my students could do it. I somehow didnâ€™t get my thinking from the â€œshouldâ€ to the â€œIâ€™m doing it.” Until this week.