Learning motivated assessment

A corollary of last week’s post…

Our Year Nine students have been studying the Holocaust with cross curricula links in English (Boy in Striped Pyjamas), History, Music (composition), Drama (performance) and Art (visual interpretation).  The culminating activity was for the students to present their knowledge in an evening display and presentation.  Each small group focused on an element of the war and the Holocaust, each spread out in our gym but in chronological sequence.

Those attending journeyed through the stories of the holocaust, sometimes in confronting ways.  Each group presented solid, factual information and were prepared to engage in conversation and answer questions.

And they were amazing!

It was clearly evident that the students had deep understanding and were using the higher order thinking skills of analysis, evaluation and design.

I bet none of those kids were focused solely on the fact that this was an assessment task…


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