At the end of last week many of the students working on Explode the Code 1 finished their books. At the end of the book there is a three page assessment test. We don’t “test” in the usual sense of the word in this classroom. Our assessments are generally done through observation, one on one work, spending every moment of every class within a foot of each student (except for big yard time.) We read together, write together, discuss math, etc. We try to do everything cooperatively, because helping each other is such a great and fun way to learn. So, it’s a rare day when we actually sit down with paper and pencil, don’t ask each other or the teacher for help and try and figure it out all on your own.
The test doesn’t really tell me anything that I don’t already know since I work with all the kids one on one every day but it is a chance for the kids to try this on, something they think is fun – and it’s fun because it isn’t something that they are subjected to on a daily or even weekly basis. It was so cute though. Harriette took it so seriously that she chose to work through big yard time and part of lunch. I was more than happy to sit with her as she made sure she completed all the instructions to the very best of her ability. So sweet, this act of wanting to do well for self-satisfaction and completion.