Year 7 and Panel Discussions

Design a system of authentic assessment focussed on goal setting and relationship building

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In 2005 my school set about a mammoth task of integrated units of work across 2 or 3 faculties for Year 7 Students (12 year olds). At the end of each semester we held 'Authentic Assessment Panels' that consisted of Teachers, community members and peers. At these panels students prepared and showed us their portfolio of work from these integrated units. They reflected on things they did well, things they could do better and things they want to do in the future. They brought in a piece of their world outside the school. Trophies from sport, photos of dearly loved relatives. As a panel, we then talks, and chatted and discussed, and set goals. It was a wonderful way to learn what works for students, what doesn't work. Why they struggle, why they succeed and what makes them who they are. The impact of how this flowed to the next semester in our classroom was unanticipated. It really made a difference.

[Optional] Synthesize a little! In one sentence, describe something you learned from your empathy exercises or analogous research.

All students do things outside school we don't know, and all students are capable of setting real goals.


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Pip - If you'd be willing, I would greatly appreciate your support for Guideposts to Success by heading to the post and leaving a positive evaluation, as well as suggestions to grow the idea even more! Thank you! 

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