For the unit “Our World” and the topic on Environment I will be assessing my students on several objectives, and making sure they up hold to the IB Standard “The MYP emphasizes the importance of research to build and present knowledge through its emphasis on inquiry.” In this lesson students will have to research to build and present their knowledge through the basis of inquiry. They will need to answer the question of what factors negatively impact the environment. Students will gather evaluate, analyze and integrate information from a variety of sources. They will also provide their own ideas or opinions that are supported by facts or details, organize their research and their opinions through note-taking in order to present their conceptual learning with their peers. Finally present their knowledge of their topic through practiced communication and collaboration with their peers.
I am going to focus on the measurable objectives to be addressed and the formative assessment tasks I will be using to assess their knowledge.
- Research & Note Taking – Find information on the negative impacts on the environment. Think of solutions to solve these problems. Compile all information in your notes.
- Share your research and solutions with your group members. Discuss your solutions with your group and collaborate to determine which solutions are achievable or plausible.
- Transfer your research and solutions to written form. Use a blank template to write a short essay.
In order to achieve the objective listed above, I will use different kinds of formative /summative assessments to critique their knowledge of the subject.
Assessment #1: Formative
The teacher will walk around and note on pre-made sheet if the students have chosen at least 3 negative impacts and provided examples. They also need to use their research to help them come up with solutions that may help the environment. Students will have to decipher what information is most useful and how to organize it in note taking form. All that is being assessed at this moment are their facts from the research they have conducted. Student’s solutions will be assessed by their peers later on.
Assessment #2: Formative
The teacher will walk around and listen for which groups are collaborating and communicating well, as well as presenting their solutions and making sound arguments for which solutions are achievable or plausible. Students will receive participation points and will be recorded on how well they communicate with their peers and collaborate on making changes to their solutions.
Assessment #3: Formative
To prepare students for the final project the teacher will give students a blank template for the students to write a short essay on their research and solutions. The teacher will be looking for any changes or improvements to the solutions they first proposed from communicating with their classmates on the most achievable ones. Students will be assessed in IB Standards on Criteria D: Using language in spoken/written form. Since it’s a formative assessment I will give students a mark from A to D where I would usually give them an 8 depending on how well they performed each strand.
These three assessments will help me decide if I need to revisit the topic to ensure they have met the objective or if I can continue on with further inquiry into the unit.