Learn to Change recently published “Cards for Democracy”. The set consists of 72 colourful cards meant for teachers to reflect on, examine and improve their attitudes, skills and knowledge to better support democratic processes in classrooms and school communities.
The full description and the first card-based activity we proposed can be found here.
Approximately 45 to 60 minutes with a group of about 20 teachers.
1. Ask participants to think back on their primary and secondary school years. Tell them that you will give them approximately 10 assessment related words and expressions, one at a time. For each term, they have to jot down a few key words that reflect their first associations and memories with the term. Give the participants expressions like oral tests, supportive feedback, bad grade in the subject due to inappropriate conduct, teacher appraisal, fairness, humiliation in front of peers, final achievement tests, opportunity to correct bad grades, repeating a year, clear expectations and criteria, washback effect, self-assessment, etc.
2. Tell participants to pair up with someone they do not know very well.
3. Pairs will be telling each other and elaborating on some of their associations and memories for 5 to 10 minutes.
4. Invite pairs to come back to plenary and elicit some of the conclusions participants can draw about assessment and evaluation practices in their past on the basis of their associations, memories and discussions.
5. Then each pair should join another pair of participants to form groups of four to play with the cards during the next steps.
6. Every group of 4 gets a deck of cards turned face down. The rules of the card game are as follows:
7. When all cards have been played and discussed, allow 5 minutes of unstructured discussion for the groups.
8. Debrief the activity with the whole group in plenary based on some of the questions below:
You can also download a printable version of the activity here – Assessment and Evaluation Practices Revisited.
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