6.2 Activity Designing a Comprehensive Assessment Plan

imageFlipping It

This is an assignment for student teachers to create a lesson plan and a sample project for a flipped classroom.


imageStudents will create a learning environment where individuals “develop their own solutions, but with external support based on a personalized curriculum.”
imageStudents will brainstorm ideas for using technology to encourage creativity and student-driven activities.
imageStudents will grapple with how to reconcile meeting the requirements of standardization with developing a plan for how their students will apply their interests and talents to personalize the curriculum and illustrate mastery of the topic using the top level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
imageStudents will create a lesson plan and a sample of a student project (summative assessment).


imageConduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
imageGather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
imageMake strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
imageIntegrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

View the following Ted Talks: Bring on the Learning Revolution , Kids Can Teach Themselves , and Persistent Experimentation .


imageimageSkim samples of student projects (Animoto, PhotoStory, Prezi, student designed games, comics, blogs, VoiceThreads, brochures, videos, artwork, podcasts, poetry slams, books, robots, animation, claymation, music, GoAnimate. . . ).




imageReview the seven step process and consider how it might be modified to suit the needs of varying projects.
1. Brainstorm
2. Collect Information
3. Organize Information
4. Create
5. Test
6. Revise
7. Present

imageReview the “creating and evaluating” sections of Blooms Taxonomy.

imageSelect a standard(s) from California State Department of Education

image Grapple

imageUsing the above information, design a lesson plan which includes a learning objective, standard, and provides multiple opportunities for students to grapple with and demonstrate their mastery of the topic using the seven step process (or a modified version) using the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Mastery of the topic should be student-driven and should encourage students to develop their own solutions.

imageCreate a sample project (summative assessment).

Three Formative Assessments:
1. Consider the following statements made by Sir Ken Robinson in Bring on the Learning Revolution  and Kelvin Doe in Persistent Experimentation :image

“If you’re doing something you love, an hour feels like five minutes. If you’re doing something that doesn’t resonate with your spirit, five minutes feels like an hour. And the reason so many people are opting out of education is because it doesn’t feed their spirit, it doesn’t feed their energy or their passion.” (Robinson 14:17)

“My mother would wake up most nights to see a living room transformed into a small electronics scrap yard, and she would insist that I go back to bed as I was just wasting my time on these scrap items. She meant no harm, she did not understand where I was going, I was just following my passion.” (Doe 1:47)

Please go to Padlet: What Makes an Hour Feel Like Five Minutes? and answer the following questions: What types of activities “resonate with your spirit?” What are you passionate about? After viewing your classmates’ posts, create another post listing some common characteristics of  the activities you all love to do and how this information might be helpful as you develop your lesson plan.

Feedback: Self-reflection and Peer to Peer
Web 2.0 Tool: Padlet

2. Consider the following statements from Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk, Bring on the Learning Revolution:

image“The other big issue is conformity. We have built our education systems on the model of fast food. This is something Jamie Oliver talked about the other day. You know there are two models of quality assurance in catering. One is fast food, where everything is standardized.The other are things like Zagat and Michelin restaurants, where everything is not standardized, they’re customized to local circumstances. And we have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.” (Robinson 12:44)

“So I think we have to change metaphors. We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.” (Robinson 14:34)

“So when we look at reforming education and transforming it, it isn’t like cloning a system . . . .It’s about customizing to your circumstances and personalizing education to the people you’re actually teaching. And doing that, I think, is the answer to the future because it’s not about scaling a new solution; it’s about creating a movement in education in which people develop their own solutions, but with external support based on a personalized curriculum.”(Robinson 15:08)

Given our current standardized system of education, how could you facilitate the mastery of standards while customizing and transforming your classroom to personalize education for your students?  Post your responses on the discussion board. Your response can be in any form: video, VoiceThread, diagram, paragraph, links to examples, etc.

Feedback: Self-reflection and Peer to Peer
Web 2.0 Tools: LMS and varies depending on student response method.




3. Consider Mitra’s statement in Kids Can Teach Themselves, “Whenever you go to a teacher and show them some technology, the teacher’s first reaction is, you cannot replace a teacher with a machine — it’s impossible. I don’t know why it’s impossible, but even for a moment, if you did assume that it’s impossible — I have a quotation from Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the science fiction writer whom I met in Colombo, and he said something which completely solves this problem. He said a teacher who can be replaced by a machine, should be. So, you know, it puts the teacher into a tough bind, you have to think. Anyway, so I’m proposing that an alternative primary education, whatever alternative you want, is required where schools don’t exist, where schools are not good enough, where teachers are not available or where teachers are not good enough, for whatever reason.”

The children in the Hole in the Wall experiment organized themselves and learned on their own. As a teacher what would you do to enrich their learning experience? Brainstorm ideas with your classmates at StormBoard . You may post a comment, video, link, or illustration of your ideas for enhancing self-guided learning.

Feedback: Self-Reflection and Peer to Peer
Web 2.0 Tools: StormBoard and varies depending on student response method.





Sample of Summative Assessment

Below is sample lesson plan (in the form of a Prezi with a GoAnimate)  and project for a flipped classroom (in the form of a blog with a Prezi, Animoto, and game) that I created as a sample summative assessment demonstrating what the student teacher would produce for this lesson (the initial video is from the perspective of the student teacher, but obviously reflects how I am wrestling with the topic) and what her students would produce. The content to be mastered in the student teacher’s lesson is how the human nervous system functions. I know nothing about the human nervous system, so I am testing the flipped classroom on myself. Basically, I have done this portfolio activity twice, once as teacher and once as the student teacher, however, my goal is to teach teachers in developing countries how to use tech to create learning environments where students develop their own solutions and their “natural talents can flourish,” so creating a lesson plan for student teachers was the activity I was passionate about and that “resonated with my spirit” for this portfolio activity.

Please note this is the first Prezi my pretend student teacher has ever done, so it needs some fine tuning.



Link to pretend student teacher’s lesson plan Prezi http://prezi.com/ki6bdv4rwvic/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Downloadable Transcript


Link to pretend students blog : http://kayleezackandshykid.wordpress.com/

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