We have had the last of our class visits, so now we will begin the exciting and important task of sharing our knowledge and skills. There was a lot learned over the past month, so now it is time to see what the students of 6.1 and 6.2 have taken away from the learning opportunities they were furnished with.The assessment for the "Connect Engages" unit will consist of three main components, as detailed below:
Inquiry - "what do you want to know" and "how can you learn it?"
The inquiry component or challenge of this project was to see how engaged students could become in an issue that had influence and importance in the municipal election. In order to gauge the level of inquiry skills, students will be assigned a task that challenges them to summarize the issue they chose, take a position on that issue, and provide evidence that supports that position. We have discussed how decisions may not always please everyone, but they need to be made on the basis of what the available evidence supports.
Knowledge - "what did you learn?"
Certain concepts and terms were explicitly taught during this unit, and now students will demonstrate their understanding of these concepts through an assessment. Students have been given a handout that contains 20 concepts and terms related to our study of municipal politics. They were asked to outline the concepts they were confident they knew, semi-confident they knew, as well as the concepts that were not quite clear on....yet. They then constructed a personal study guide on their iPad for each of the 20 terms. They were permitted to use any trustworthy source of information to bolster their own knowledge. Work on this assignment will culminate next week.
Communication Skills - "how can you share what you learned?"
Students will be asked to respond to a variety of reflection questions pertaining to our study of municipal politics. Six questions will be assigned. Thoughtful responses are expected and students will record their responses in writing and then use their iPads to record themselves shriving their answer verbally.
It will be a rigorous week in Humanities, but I am completely confident that all students will demonstrate a significant level of success in each of these three ways.