In my search for information on common core and how it will influence fine arts education I've been looking deeper into assessment.
I've developed a rubric that I've been fairly satisfied with so far and have been using for about 5 years. I use the rubric at the completion of a project with 3-5 graders and it includes a checklist of expectations, a self assessment table, and usually a few short answer questions. An example of one can be seen here.
During my research, reading, and general internet exploration I stumbled across this gem by Peter Pappas. Pappas published hisTaxonomy of Reflection in January 2010, on his website copy/paste.
Pappa's Taxonomy of Reflection made me reflect on my own assessment practices. By having students fill out my rubric at the conclusion of an activity what was that gaining them? According to his taxonomy I was only having kids remember, and evaluate. Pappas, Bloom and his committee would not be impressed.
So, I've been piloting something new. Something to possibly take the place of a rubric and be more meaningful to the student's and me. I had fifth grade fill out the second page at the conclusion of their Gustav Klimt Family Trees. It took a while, the length might be a problem. But I was surprised at how the kids kept at them. They thought, and thoughtfully responded to the questions.
I'm going to continue to pilot this idea as we wind down the school year but I think I would tend to use this as a goal setting and conclusion activity once a trimester after a lengthy, multi-step project. Here is the link to the reflection as a google doc: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2_hFbAOrEDFbkFSRlp4elZHNUk/view?usp=sharing or you can download it from the Shop up top.
What do you think?
I'm looking for some feedback from other art educators that could offer some insight into wording, things I'm missing, and thoughts on when and with what age s this appropriate to use with. I have little contact with other art educators in my new district and I'm finding I miss that sounding board terribly. So ... if you're out there in cyber, internet land and have a moment please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts and critiques.
I'm working to re-vamp my curriculum and maybe the way I teach this summer. I have big plans, and a whole summer to develop them. I love being excited for next year already ... I think that's when you know that you are in the right profession.
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