Teaser Tuesday: Talk About Assessment

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During the last month I have been reading Damion Cooper’s book Talk About Assessment: Strategies and Tools to Improve Learning while following a series of face-to-face and online workshops. Thus far the book has been a wealth of information on a range of topics related to assessment.

I share with you an interesting thought on writing assessment which I plan to implement: “If the focus for a series of creative writing lessons is creating believable characters, then the focus for assessment should be character descriptions, not spelling and grammar, as well. If, on the other hand, students are creating publicity posters for an upcoming school event, then correct spelling and grammar are essential and should be a major focus for assessment.” (p153)

I have almost completed working through this book and look forward to our final workshop next week.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays)

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13 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: Talk About Assessment

  1. I am reading some chick lit I am afraid – an international bestseller (I don’t know how she does it), and I remember a cute quote that a personal trainer said to the main woman character – to compete is not to be complete- Ttyl

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  2. I think that if you’ve taught editing, students should do that before handing in any assignment. If they’re using language beyond their grade level, errors could be pointed out but not count against them in their assessment. If they’re using simple language full of errors, then it denotes either a problem or a sloppy attitude which will probably show in their assignment anyway. My two cents worth. Here’s a link to the intro and teaser for the book I’ve just finished, The Jazz Files: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1bS

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    1. The key phrase – “if you have taught them”. Something we should not forget about when we are teaching writing. I am trying to do this now with my grade 2s. I haven’t succeeded yet, but I still have the rest of the year for self-editing to become a habit.

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  3. My oldest son was a terrible speller in high school and getting ready for college testing he had to work extremely hard to improve his spelling. When he was in elementary school, there was a program that the school adopted where the teachers didn’t correct spelling, punctuation, or usage for fear of inhibiting their creativity. I believe you should let them write whatever pours from their heads and after it’s all down on paper, explain what is wrong in a non condescending way. The younger they are the more limited their spelling abilities and that shouldn’t prevent them from writing, but they need to know and use the basics appropriate for their age.

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    1. I agree with you Michelle. Spelling is something that should be corrected in the editing process – isn’t that what all writers are expected to do? I have started something new with my class: I record the words they spell incorrectly in a book and they learn the spelling at home. I look forward to seeing whether it will make a difference or not.

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