Thursday, January 26, 2006

Collaborative Analysis Of Student Work(CASW)

To me, Collaborative Analysis Of Student Work is a highly useful way of collectively learning to assess or evaluate student learning/understanding using various methods of assessment, by sharing individual student work of a teacher and inviting other teachers to share their opinions and views on it.

CASW Presentation 1, Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
Presenter: Ms.Hema Malini
Facilitator: Mr. Koshy

Sample Work Discussed: Std. 9 ICSE Chemistry student’s group-work on ‘Hydrogen fuel cells in space shuttles and other applications’

Learning Objectives Of The Project: To understand the construction, principles and application of electro chemicals.

Assessment Criteria: Marks were allotted for research work, collaborative work and time management in oral presentation of the project.

KEY QUESTIONS: Three key questions were asked:

How to assess if all students in the group do enough research?
How to assess if understanding of concepts takes place?
What are the different ways in which students can cope with the fear of addressing a gathering?

The following suggestions were made by the participants and incorporated by the presenter at the CASW meeting:

* Students to record the research work in the bibliography * The teacher to examine some of the books/websites mentioned in the bibliography to see if students actually referred and used the resources mentioned.
* Instruct the students to submit all the preparatory work along with the final work as evidence of research and collaborative work
* The teacher to regularly monitor and review student work and question the students regarding the delegation of work amongst themselves and make sure that work is equally delegated amongst the students
* Ensure flexibility by being open to the idea of changing the guidelines for the project if required in the process of monitoring the project and review of student work
* Assign Content Guides, Research Guides and Guides for making Oral Presentation to the groups, who can assist and help students through the project (guides can be willing teachers or students with the required skills and time to spare)
* A viva to be followed by oral presentation where the teacher asks questions which assess the student’s understanding of concepts.
* All students in the group should be made to answer questions asked by the audience and the teacher. The presentation and viva should not be high jacked by a few students in the group
* Instruct the students to divide the allotted time for oral presentation equally among all the group members, so that each student contributes his/her bit to the presentation
* In order to help students to deal with stage fear or the fear of public speaking, have more of such oral presentations in class

Feedback By Participants On CASW:

With regard to feedback given by the participants regarding the CASW session, the following suggestions were made to improve the working of the session:
* Key questions should be reduced to 1 or 2
* The presenter should make photocopies of the assessment criteria, learning objectives, guidelines/instructions, etc., for the participants
* Maintaining a CASW notebook for the purpose of recording information regarding all CASW sessions
*With regard to the break-up of time, any unutilized time should be carried over to the following section of the session

CASW Presentation 2, Thursday, January 19th, 2006
Presenter: Mr. Koshy
Facilitator: Ms. Shuchi Grover

Context Of The Work Discussed: The 11 Arts class of two students, where one student works harder at the subject and performs better than the other student who takes less interest in the subject.

Key Question: Taking into account the fact that the teacher can spend only the same amount of time on both students, how can he equalize the learning of writing skills to minimize the negative effects of student variability?

The following suggestions were made by the participants and incorporated by the presenter at the CASW meeting:

* Give the weaker student more work to do and design the work in a manner that it focuses on areas where the student is weak.
* After assessing the work, give immediate, specific, constant and thorough feedback to the student
Grade the student work
* Instruct the student to give the bibliography for all assignments
* Give student more time to do the work
* In order to motivate the students find out their background and areas of interests from other subject teachers who teach them
* Try out various ways of motivating them: show movies and ask them to write reviews based on them; ask them to post some of their work/assignments on their subject blog and ask for constructive feedback from fellow classmates and teachers so that they know that their work is on display and they work under positive stress to do better at their work.