The Ozone Show: Using a talk show format as an authentic assessmentby: Aaron Mathieu

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Instructors are constantly searching for more authentic ways of assessing student work. Authentic assessments model activities students might perform in the outside world. As a concluding activity of a unit on the hole in the ozone layer, the environmental science class staged a talk show on the topic. Using the talk show as a final assessment allowed the class to have an informal debate in a familiar format. By working cooperatively on a fun and challenging assignment, students can use creativity, preparation skills, and complex reasoning to demonstrate knowledge in an authentic way.

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  • on Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:02 AM

The author of this article feels that the talk show format addresses multiple types of skills and assessments such as cooperative learning, the ability to write quality written product, understanding of vocabulary, self evaluation and peer evaluation by realizing the contributions of each group member. The audience of this event takes part in the activity by presenting questions, and the advertisers create products related to the topic. All in all, this creates an authentic assessment of understanding for the class. This is an interesting approach to assessment.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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