Monday, July 25, 2016

Perception Data: Skills

What skills or behavior do students need to produce the ultimate change to achievement, attendance and/or behavior? Skill assessment can be varied but there must be a consistent method for measuring the desired behavior.

Likert scale: Write "I can" statements and have students  self-report their ability to use the skill.

I can get to school and in my seat on time.
I can ask a classmate to play a game during indoor recess.
I can manage my time so that I complete long-term projects by the deadline.

These can be assessed using a 4-point scale (Almost never, Rarely, Sometimes, Usually).

Demonstrate: Create a task that students can do either individually or in groups.

Students can demonstrate the 4 Conscious Disciple breathing techniques.
Students can state one way they are the same and one way they are different than their partner.
Students can set a goal and pass a ball around a circle so that each student touches the ball one time in __ minutes.

Role Play: Given a bullying scenario a group can act out the role of a helpful bystander.

A rubric would be used to determine if the criteria was met (an assertive response, and report to adult).

Illustrate the skill or give an example: Drawing a response and labeling is an excellent way to assess younger students skills. Writing an authentic response is a great way to assess if a student can apply the target skill.
Grade 1 - Draw and label the 4 step problem solving model.
Grade 4 - Write a "email response" to a cyber-bullying message.

An open ended question at the end of the pre-post survey is a common way to assess a skill, but have a clear way to assess if the response indicates the competency has been mastered.

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