Evaluation and Assessment

Creative ways for a final assessment?

Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:50 AM


I am a second year biology/ chem teacher and I am looking to see if we can give the students their final exams slightly more creatively rather than a paper pen 100 points final. Any ideas?

Uma Mahajan
Uma Mahajan
220 Activity Points

Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:06 PM

If you have an experiment that could assess what they have learned, have them do that and grade it.

Or ask them to write everything they have learned. Give them a time limit. It is subjective and you have a lot of reading to do, but it is very revealing.

Betty Paulsell
Betty Paulsell
48505 Activity Points

Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:25 AM

Try searching for "authentic assessments" or "creative summative assessments". I found a website (http://www.teachhub.com/40-alternative-assessments-learning) with many ideas for assessment alternatives to paper and pencil. You could even offer students a choice of activities for their final. The ideas for science include:
25. Help Wanted Ad
Write an ad to find a “professor” who can help to explain the subject at hand.

26. Singing Telegram
More musically-inclined students may love to create a song about the latest chapter.

27. Calendar
Mark on a calendar (paper or electronic copy) the time frame for how long it takes to see changes in a scientific event (such as erosion or plants growing).

28. Diary
Pen a diary entry from a famous scientist.

29. Advice Column
Students write advice to an “anonymous friend” who has a scientific problem that needs solved.

30. Trivia Game
Students create the questions (and answers) that will be used in a review game.

31. T-shirt
Design a t-shirt that matches the current science concepts.

32. Experiment
No explanation needed for this one.

Dana Jara
Dana Jara
1375 Activity Points

Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:36 PM

Thank you for the website! I have a t-shirt model to use.This was a good reminder. I think designing a t-shirt for one of our concepts will be great for my 6th grade students. They like to create board games as well, but it is sometimes challenging to carve out the time to play them. Hmmm... maybe I can have them to use a "real" t shirt as well.

Cleopatra Thomas
Cleopatra Thomas
803 Activity Points

Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:51 PM

As a Preservice teacher, I was looking for new ways to conduct assessments. Thank you for this link!

Patricia Wolf
Patricia Wolf
1080 Activity Points

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