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.