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Acting Assessments

posted Nov 19, 2012, 7:35 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 19, 2012, 7:35 AM by Brad Kohl ]

We rated the acting skills of the third grade students in our classroom on various acting skills, such as vocal projection and creativity. Once I receive all of the acting assessments from the Breck students who are in the Performance and Social Change class with me, I will be able to establish a baseline for the acting skills of the third graders. We'll rate their acting skills again in the spring to see areas in which the students have improved or areas where the students still need to improve. 

A week from today, I'll work with the Neighborhood Bridges team to code discussions the third graders had a few weeks ago about Cinderella. We're hoping to better understand the listening and comprehension skills of the third graders. 

Since we have Thanksgiving break this week, I won't see the third graders for another week and a half. I'm looking forward to seeing the students again however. Once we return to their school, we'll work with them on producing a 10 minute play based on a story they've read and discussed. The students have the freedom to adapt the story as they choose. I'm excited to see the story they choose and hope to see them band together to create the play. The students don't write down a script, so they'll really have to understand the story well in order to perform their piece. 

Acting Assessment and Listening/Comprehension Update

posted Nov 6, 2012, 8:31 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 6, 2012, 8:31 AM by Brad Kohl ]

    Tomorrow during my Service Learning time at Neighborhood Bridges the Breck students in my Lyndale classroom and I will rate the acting skills of the students we work with. Using a rubric created by the U of M and Neighborhood Bridges, we'll look at important components of acting such as facial expressions and the ability to speak loudly and clearly. Our goal is to assess the kids again in the spring so that their classroom teacher can see the growth they've made throughout the year in acting. The classroom teacher will then share this information with the parents of the students.
    On November 26th, I will also work with Neighborhood Bridges staff and a U of M CAREI researcher to code the listening and comprehension data we collected last week. We're trying to get a sense of whether students are thinking critically about the students they're hearing. Hopefully, throughout the course of the year, the students will progress in their ability to understand stories deeply. 

Cinderella and First Assessments

posted Oct 26, 2012, 5:52 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 26, 2012, 5:52 AM by Brad Kohl ]

For my math research project, I am both assessing the Neighborhood Bridges program as a part of Math Research and I am also a teaching artist in the Neighborhood Bridges program through another class at my school called Performance for Social Change. I work with five third grade students on a weekly basis at their elementary school. We tell fairytales, folktales, myths, and other stories to the kids and encourage them to think critically about the story they’ve heard. I also have a daily class that is built around the philosophy of Bridges. I’m excited to see the students today for our weekly Bridges session. I will be telling the fairytale Cinderella today. We’ll also play a few fun theatre games and then will act out different parts of the story with the students. After I tell Cinderella to the third graders, we will hold small group discussions. Other Breck students in the Performance for Social Change class will help me record these discussions. Later, the Neighborhood Bridges team and I will use a tool developed by U of M CAREI researchers to “code” the data in accordance with the listening and comprehension skills of the students. We are trying to quantify the level of understanding the students have with the material. For example, do they answer the question fully? Can they build off of the ideas of other students while still adding their own perspective?

I am also working on finishing the analysis of my first set of data. The Neighborhood Bridges team, Lyndale 3rd grade teachers, and I created an assessment tool that allows students to self-assess their skills in listening/speaking, comprehension, writing, acting, and critical literacy. The students also have the opportunity to write down in fill in the blank statements other skills that they have. This data will be our baseline and we’ll let the students self-assess again in December and April. 

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