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Rubrics or assessments for students working in SOLE

I was wondering if anyone out there had ideas for assessing this student work. Even though, students will be learning a great deal, I still need to show some kind progress that students are making in my class room through grades. Any ideas on rubrics, assessments, how to grade presentations, etc would be much appreciated!

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  • Apr 18 2013: I tried a little digging and searching online, but it was difficult to find assessments and/or rubrics using SOLE. I have created my own rubric, using one and organizing it a little different from the original. I do have a few formative grades, as well as a summative. Proportion? That's a good question! I would say about half of the summative assessment will be about the content they have learned. The rest will be on presentation, grammar, etc.
    Thank you for responding!
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      Apr 18 2013: Do you think SOLE is so different from other group inquiries commonly used in constructivist-oriented classrooms that the rubrics/assessment strategies would need to be different?
      • Apr 25 2013: I'm two SOLE sessions in with my year 6 students (UK) and was also wondering about assessment options. Now you have posed the questions - I'm unsure if SOLE would need their own assessment forms.
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          Apr 25 2013: Timothy, did your sixth graders work on research projects in small groups last year also? What sort of rubrics did you use for that? How is what they are doing within the SOLE regime different from what you had them do last year?

          I ask this because I have seen twenty years or so worth of group projects under my roof, in the form of things my kids have worked on at school, and I cannot now visualize why a different sort of rubric would be required for SOLE. The biggest difference with SOLE is that it is entirely computer driven, whereas in group projects I have seen over time students might also have used books or been directed to have a variety of types of sources- for example, not all encyclopedias.

          Of course in some schools, or in some countries, group projects may be uncommon, but in the United States and, I am guessing, in the UK, working on research projects or inquiries in groups with a lot of freedom in their collection of information has been common for a long, long time.
      • Apr 25 2013: My school does not use any rubrics at all for assessing students in group work. I believe the reason for this is because the current UK primary education system does not encourage this type of learning and assessment. Standardized testing at Year 2 and Year 6 with the publication of League Tables have a tremendously negative impact on student learning and teachers confidence in planning. I wont go into why I think this is the case in this thread. I just wanted to explain that I believe the UK's education system does not encourage "research projects or inquiries in groups with a lot of freedom in their collection of information" and I fear this will only get worse. This is at least true for the school and area I work in and I would have assumed this to be the case in some areas of the US.

        Shortly after I posted my reply I looked into a few rubrics online and found a number that could be easily adapted for SOLE specific learning. So, I agree that a different sort of rubric might not be required for SOLE; however, a SOLE specific (branded?) rubric, provided with the toolkit, might be useful and valuable.

        I know how much people like to collect big data. Isn't this a great opportunity to do exactly that? Wouldn't a Rubric developed for SOLE provide some extra reporting opportunities? Obviously on-line, with all teachers/educators taking part being encouraged to input data directly to the cloud.

        I'm hoping that all sounded reasonable.
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          Apr 25 2013: I think everything you wrote sounds reasonable, though rubrics are ultimately subjectively evaluated by teachers who could also have an incentive, perhaps, to inflate the performance of their students if these rubrics are collected systematically.

          I am sure there are schools in the US also that don't employ group work, but I am fairly certain that would be the exception.

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