Reflection: Cycles of Inquiry The Billion Oyster Project: Program evaluation and design iteration (2 of 2) - Section 6: DEBRIEF


Actionable feedback is essential for student growth.  This has been one focus of my professional development this year.  What makes feedback actionable?  How much is too much?  How can students take more ownership over improving work products?  Attached are two samples of rubrics I have tried in my classroom this year.  The traditional rubric establishes a proficiency score for each assessment category and provides "next steps" for students to take to improve work.  The interactive rubric takes a different approach.  Students co-create the criteria for proficiency as well as the next steps to take.  If used as a digital document, the interactive rubric allows for students and teachers to hyperlink to model documents within each category as well as multiple next steps.  

Anecdotally, the interactive rubric is far more successful at pushing students to internalize criteria for success. However, the barrier to buy-in is also much greater.  Although the interactive rubric was more effective for all students that tried to use it, far fewer students wanted to engage in the hard work of creating it.  An ongoing project for me next year will be to experiment with strategies that make the interactive rubric more attractive to students.

  Cycles of Inquiry: Actionable feedback
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The Billion Oyster Project: Program evaluation and design iteration (2 of 2)

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 10 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to: 1) iterate on current design solutions that aim to rehabilitate oyster populations; 2) explain the importance of oysters to healthy urban ecosystems; and 3) evaluate environmental stewardship prototypes using an engineering-design thinking mindset.

Big Idea: Scientific research helps us to evaluate the impact of prototype solutions to environmental problems. How might our participation in the Billion Oyster Project help us better understand the relationship between science and engineering design?

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