Give a tip for assessment. What is an example of an assessment you give? Share any tips for designing/giving/grading assessments.
What tends to annoy many of my students, who are extremely bright, but want given strict parameters for everything, is creating some loosely guided creative assessments. Many kids are anxious when my response to how they should do something is "I don't know or don't care," I want to see what they believe is high quality work, or I want to see how good they are at showcasing both their knowledge and creativity.
Two things that I have enjoyed doing are changing how I ask kids to play with something like the Supeme Court. Look here, here, or here. This project has evolved from more to lees strict or rigid (bracketology was done first, and we evolved into the generic "hall of fame" assignment).
I have also increased the amount of open-ended essay prompts used to have kids showcase knowledge or opinions.
What I would love to see are some sample rubrics or sample projects used by fellow educators to allow students more of their own sandbox method of assessment.
I would love to see some comments!