Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Alternate Assessment

In my class on Fridays, we usually sit for about 30 minutes or so, split up into chunks of course, taking tests. As teachers, we are required to take grades, give assessments, and determine if our students are mastering the concepts we teach.

I have never loved tests. When I was little, I was never a great test taker. I have serious test anxiety and dread "test days." So, when I had the idea to create a math assessment for my kiddos out of the norm, I knew it would go over well. Instead of sitting and taking a boring, old paper pencil test, I wanted to get my kids up and moving.

We have been learning about adding ten to and subtracting ten from double-digit numbers. So I made cards that would assess my students knowledge of this. I set them up all around the room and my kiddos did a hunt as their test. It was probably the craziest test they've ever taken. My kiddos were up and around the entire classroom. It wasn't boring, it wasn't normal, but they were excited to take a test. When has that ever happened? So, next time you need to give your kiddos a test, liven it up and make it a scoot, hunt, or something out of the norm.

Here is a FREEBIE, just for you, so you too can change up your way of assessing.

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