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pop quiz,assessment tools and don't forget a wish list!


Date: Sat Jul 24 2004 - 12:54:37 PDT

Someone asked about giving tests and quizzes. I teach elementary and we do
not give grades for related arts at my school (that is right-I never touch
a report card!) So I'm lucky because my assessment tools are targeted
towards knowing if the kids are "getting" it and not having to have a
grade in the books. I heard this neat trick at an assessment class I took
last summer. Before I give the details let me back up and remind the new
teachers about the great free things you can get for your room that will
stretch your budget if you send out a letter at the beginning of the year
listing all the things you could use in your art room (like yarn, buttons,
artificial fruit,etc..) Several people on the list have letters that they
might share- I've developed mine over the years and end up with bags of
goodies in my storeroom. Because of that list a parent brought me in
boxes of colored cardboard tag labels about 2X4 inches. I've used them for
lots of things but a specific thing they have worked great for is "the
ticket" I keep a stack of the cards in the plastic supply bucket that
stays on each table. Every so often (mostly if we have a few extra
minutes) I will tell the kids that have to have a ticket to get out of the
room. "Put your name on the card and write the secondary colors" or "give
me three facts about Georgia O"Keeffe"..Keep it simple and quick. They
line up as soon as they have the ticket and I read it as they go out the
door. If they are right I just say stuff like great job. .. or brilliant
etc... if they have missed it I quickly correct them or give them a
fact.... If a large majority have missed it , I know we need some
re-teaching at their next class time. Then as soon as they are all out the
door, the "tickets " go straight in the trash. Just a quick way to check
for understanding and they actually think its fun. Remember though, I
teach elementary. I just do this with 3rd,4th and 5th. The younger ones
would probably enjoy it also -just takes them so much longer to write!