Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Groups, Projects, and Presentations
When can these activities replace more conventional means of assessment?
Providing time for students to interact and apply their knowledge contributes to deeper understanding and greater retention, but how can teachers ensure that all students are mastering the material? The answer lies in detailed planning and clear guidelines.
Planning includes thinking about the size and composition of groups. Groups may be informal -- pairs of students helping one another learn -- or structured to draw on the varied abilities that students bring to a well-defined task. Before groups begin their work, students need to learn how to work collaboratively. Learning how to work in groups is facilitated by setting expectations, teaching collaborative skills, and assigning roles that give each student a specific task. Students also need guidelines for their projects and presentations. They need to know the purpose of the activity as well as the criteria for assessment. Students can then use these assessment criteria to help them develop the product or presentation.