Students should be working, thinking, analyzing, creating, etc. throughout the day and guiding a large part of their own learning. Having students create their own assessments ensures that they are held accountable to actively listen during class and that they are thinking at a higher level about what they've learned. In my EDU220, students (in small groups) were asked to create a research-based electronic presentation on a particular piece of legislation and to include an assessment to ensure that their peers could demonstrate mastery of the material by the end of their presentation. Qualitative results: 100% of the students were engaged in either presenting, in taking notes, and by participating in the student-created assessments. I have always included student presentations and note-taking, but this semester I modified the cycle by having the students create their own assessment and reteach if needed based on the peer scores. Student assessments were oustanding and included a variety of technology that I have previously never used! Quantitative results: Difficult to measure since this is only one part of the unit.
This is comprehensive and appeals to many modalities and learning styles. Once again Rachel, you have raised the bar.
Rachel, there are metacognitive aspects of this CATS that I find consistent with good teaching. Having students create their own assessments is one (and the inherent discussion of formative, summative, etc.), and I also liked that students created their own note sheets. And, your student engagement increased drastically from spring 2014 to fall 2014 once you implemented these strategies; that's what makes this such a good CATS!
We are always harder on ourselves. I like that students created this self assessment.
Great CATS! I use self-assessment with my students as well. It not only requires critical thinking on the part of the students, but it is also a help to me as the instructor. I learn so much from reviewing and observing my students' self-assessments. Students learn more when they are fully invested in the work. Great job.