Wow, you can tell it is the holidays because I have had time to do two posts in one day. 🙂
Last week, the children put together their final presentations on place value.
The task: In groups of 3-4 the children were to put together a presentation to explain the aspects of place-value. These were the lines of inquiry: The base-ten number system; numbers up to 100,000; multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100, 1000; rounding to 10, 100 and 1000.
So, the positives:
The children were completely engaged. They used iPhoto, iMovie, Smartboards, posters, blocks, place-value boards, place-value blocks and so on. They worked cooperatively and presented their ideas in a variety of ways.
With so much scope on how they could present their learning the children’s focus shifted from presenting their learning to the presentation itself. As a result, the children did not present full information, even though during lessons they were able to clearly explain and demonstrate conceptual understanding.
It is fortunate that I keep detailed formative assessment notes during the unit. Next time, I will limit the scope of the assessment to help the children focus on the learning instead of the cool ways of presenting it.
Any thoughts to contribute?