As I have been exploring the space of Computer Science and Technology instructors in K-12, I came across a wonderful blog by Lauren Blankenship called GeekyMomBlog. She has all sorts of insightful thoughts and discussion there, and her style is easy to read with a geek edge.
Recently, she posed the question about assessing/grading long-term projects and skill mastery. I have some thoughts on the subject which I wanted to elaborate on more than in the comments section of her blog.
The short answer is be being as transparent as possible about expectations and parameters of the assignment. I believe that even with small projects or tests, this can be done in a fun but fair and systematic way. I’ll first talk about assignment criteria & waiting, then grade expectations, then the format for assessment. Continue reading