Assessing Learning in the PBL Classroom: a top FAQ

31 12 2013

When do we assess learning in a PBL classroom?

Assessment of student learning is an on-going process, from formal feedback during the teachers’ project planning and preparation, to observations during the launch event, to individual conversations with every student, and all throughout the project. Assessing Learning PBL

And in order to do this, we must move our minds from thinking only about pencil/paper tests. While it can include those, true assessment of learning is much deeper than that.

Teachers move like hunter-gatherer nomads, searching for each morsel of mastery that the ripe student mind has produced. We’re constantly looking, digging, and searching for evidence of learning in whatever form it presents itself. We assess content knowledge. We assess skills development. We assess their growth as human beings in this world.

So when do we assess?

The answer is we assess every single moment we are with our students.

For more specific examples, check out my LiveBinder called Beyond Multiple Guess: Rubric and Assessment Options for PBL. It is positively full of ideas for your PBL classroom!

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5 02 2014
Rose

Yes, absolutely an on-going process. From the time a student walks into the room to the end of the year when he walks out, we are assessing. We assess his communication skills, planning process, production, and presentation. We assess his growth not just during a project, but throughout the year. Is he able to find his passion and run with it? However, we assess ourselves as well. How are we helping this student….this unique individual.?Are we using the right approach? Are we acknowledging his ideas? Are we doing our best to open the right avenues for him to grow? Yes, we assess learning.

6 02 2014
GingerLewman

I very much appreciate your experienced voice here, especially since it’s from the perspective of one who has been leading a PBL learning environment for several years now.

Thanks for dropping by Rose!

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