Jeffrey A. Wardlaw
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Jim Cottrell replied to Jeffrey A. Wardlaw's discussion Project Assessment Alternatives in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"I think this person has a solution: http://www.joebower.org/2010/03/detoxing-students-from-grade-use.html Please let me know what you think."
May 28, 2010
Jeffrey A. Wardlaw replied to Suzie Boss's discussion PBL and New Literacies in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"I don't know that the fundamental concept of literacy has changed dramatically - still focused on the ability to read, write, and communicate - but the scope of literacy, the tools of demonstrating literacy, and the expectations of being…"
Mar 26, 2010
Sue Boudreau replied to Jeffrey A. Wardlaw's discussion Project Assessment Alternatives in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"Would you be willing to share an example with me/us? This sounds great, Cindy."
Mar 12, 2010
Cindy Stephenson replied to Jeffrey A. Wardlaw's discussion Project Assessment Alternatives in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"I use a very simple process-oriented rubric - usually 10 bulleted tasks @ 10 points each, modified specifically for every project. It supports the learning process for a project from the beginning brainstorming to the end product - which will be…"
Mar 11, 2010
Jeffrey A. Wardlaw replied to Suzie Boss's discussion Let's Talk about the Project Spiral in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"A video is available from Chris Lehmann's keynote at this year's PA Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) - http://ning.peteandc.org/page/keynotes-1. From what George describes, sounds like the same/similar…"
Mar 9, 2010
Jeffrey A. Wardlaw replied to Suzie Boss's discussion Let's Talk about the Project Spiral in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"To borrow Jane's concept of spiraling as continuously improving projects each year, I find it very valuable to get feedback from the students on what worked and what didn't, then incorporate those suggestions to help improve the project…"
Mar 9, 2010
Shane Krukowski replied to Jeffrey A. Wardlaw's discussion Project Assessment Alternatives in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"Negotiate team teaching with a colleague who sees things the same way to emulate some of the characteristics that help with this. Throw Admins the need for authentic 21st Century learning and focus on applied STEM. Capstone projects can serve as a…"
Mar 4, 2010
Sue Boudreau replied to Jeffrey A. Wardlaw's discussion Project Assessment Alternatives in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"Traditional schedules, 145 student contacts a day and silo content areas are the constraints in which I have to find a way to get some level of inquiry science project learning in. It's not ideal but it is probably the reality of many…"
Mar 4, 2010
Shane Krukowski replied to Jeffrey A. Wardlaw's discussion Project Assessment Alternatives in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"I think your second paragraph is the ticket. I see rubrics play a role in that scenario, but almost a different purpose. In my mind, the challenges playing against what you describe are traditional schedules and silo content areas pushing more…"
Mar 4, 2010
Jeffrey A. Wardlaw replied to Jeffrey A. Wardlaw's discussion Project Assessment Alternatives in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"I agree that it is stressful to students trying to guess what a teacher wants, but that is exactly the point. Students typically are focused on satisfying an external constituency rather than acting on personally motivated curiosity. This goes back…"
Mar 4, 2010
Sue Boudreau replied to Jeffrey A. Wardlaw's discussion Project Assessment Alternatives in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"I'm not sure how I would manage 145 narratives and give a fair grade to all that I could defend to a highly educated and involved parent community. I'm a fan of what you measure is what you get. So I'm up for a scale that does include…"
Mar 4, 2010
Shane Krukowski replied to Jeffrey A. Wardlaw's discussion Project Assessment Alternatives in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"My first reaction is that the rubric process should include room for reflection and rationale. Perhaps, your school's implementation has a too literal implementation. ? The rubrics (aka- project assessments) used by our schools in Project…"
Mar 4, 2010
Jeffrey A. Wardlaw added a discussion to the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
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Project Assessment Alternatives

I am interested in hearing alternate approaches to assessing projects other than using rubrics. I want to  begin moving away from rubric use, as I have experienced students tend to work to satisfy the rubric rather than focus on the process of learning (isn't a rubric just another way of answering the student question "What do I need to do to get an A on the project?"). While a rubric can be constructed so as to avoid prescriptive language, and consequently prescriptive projects, they then…See More
Mar 4, 2010

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At 11:50pm on March 9, 2010, Jane Krauss said…
Thanks for joining our group and contributing to the conversations. I'd like to talk more about alternative assessments. We thought about adding another session just on assessment but it could be a soul-killer... :) Maybe we can take an optimistic approach and figure out meaningful assessments that are qualitative, descriptive of learning... so here I am back at your narratives idea wondering what such processes entail.
 
 
 

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