Originally posted on Inquiry Within.
What if students were able to choose when and what they wanted to be assessed on? That simple question was posed by colleague, recently to me in a staffroom chat. It quickly exploded into an hour long discussion, that resulted in about 2 weeks worth of work on re-imagining my classroom experience for next year.
I think I was alway comfortable with the idea of students choosing their own topics or concepts for inquiry, but I was never able to come up with many good assessments that allowed for good student initiated action. It was hard to think of open ended assignments. My colleague’s question allowed for an end-around to the problem of the teacher structuring tasks, and then making students fit their learning and inquiry into the teacher’s structure and time-frame.
Luckily, I teach within an MYP context, so there are skill driven objectives set out for…
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