Reflection of the Week -5 (Contd. with the Project-task)
This week I felt at ease first because of the rubrics provided us online by Rubistar .com. The link http://www.nclrc.org/essentials/assessing/alternative.htm elaborates upon alternate assessment based learning activities whether online or offline in ELT practices. It aims to assess the weaknesses and it adds new radical approach to traditional tests by letting students to have feedback to improve upon their developmental skills and areas with further performance - based and communication oriented, learner-centered meaningful purposes.
Secondly this site has made us cautious that assessment is a tool for motivation and for exam purpose, but the final outcome can be previously updated or improved if the instructor follows rubrics for each dimension of the skill or for each step that the instructor adds in the lesson-plan for the behavioural and for the level of degree aspect in achieving the goal in ELt practices. For example in one of the steps I followed rubrics as instructed by respected Ms. Courtney to get it designed and downloaded from Rubistar.com, it is for the step taken in the lesson-plan to up-build the knowledge through the integration of CBT & TELL in this way :
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The handouts on labelingfile:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/HP/My%20Documents/Your%20Rubric%20%20Oral%20Presentation%20Rubric%20%20%20Comm and studying the maps is to be assessed in what way, is prepared by Rubistar.com to help the instructor how could he/she can verify the step by step learning by doing. Therefore the teacher can have the print of the rubrics and can follow in the ELT practice sessions while executing the lesson going on in the classroom or if it is the virtual classroom. It sets a particular pattern and if the students/student gets reinforcement he or she can re-correct their performance. These rubrics can be shared by the teacher through http://www.blackboardcollaborativelearning.com that provides free download of BB in the class or in virtual arena, in this way it validates accountability through further discussion on the weak areas or problems that student faces.
After the students' groups of the class completes their project that can be shared by asking the students to prepare it on their e-portfolios similar to our blogs that Ms. Courtney asks us to prepare with different pages of pages consisting different information about us.
I hope I might be of some help but there are many ways to interact with students and to share their work and discussions. Indeed asking students to design their e-portfolios and requesting teachers to share their feedbacks via rubrics on it can encourage many to exchange information and to disseminate a lot of knowledge besides adding these store web-tools.