This blog post will give you some tips to set your students (and you!!) up for success while they are completing them.
Prior Exposure to Similar Tasks
The assessments associated with CBAs cover a range of activities including oral tasks, written work of different types, practical or designing and making tasks, artistic performances, scientific experiments, projects or other suitable tasks depending on the subject in question.
Now, this does not mean giving “mock CBAs’. It means giving students a chance to practice skills they are going to need as they move through their studies.
Have the discussion with your department colleagues about how this skill development can be built into your subject planning and give time to its development. Your students will see the benefit of it.
What does good work look like?
The concrete nature of exemplars means that they are able to convey messages in a way that nothing else can. Carefully selected examples can not only help students to ‘see’ what is expected with regard to the task in hand but they can also enable students to:
- gain a feel for what the final product looks like in terms of layout, structure and language
- raise awareness of the diverse ways a task might fruitfully be tackled
- hone students’ evaluative
I created a section in the subject NoteBook. I use a number system for all my sections in my NoteBook to keep everything organized and easily accessible for my students.
Below is a video I created on Wriggle Connect Teacher describing the structure of OneNote NoteBook.
I upload exemplars provided by both
the NCCA and by my own students. Throughout their first and second year we
ensure to give time to them to examine these exemplars.
It doesn’t have to be a significant amount of time, but it allows them to develop their evaluative skills and for them to become familiar with the idea of the Features of Quality.
It can be as easy as examining the charts and calculations produced as we study statistics in class. Are the charts accurate and drawn neatly? Is there an appropriate scale used on the axes? What about the calculations? Can we spot any errors?
All of this, while simple to execute, is allowing students to hone in on what will eventually be expected of them. Students have a chat with each other about areas they felt were really strong about the project, and areas that could have been improved. Students, as they say themselves, “love being like a mini-examiner”. It all means that when their time comes to complete their CBA, the intricacies of the process are second-nature to them. This approach can be applied to any CBA in any subject.
Schedules and Deadlines
weeks is a significant amount for students to work on one piece of work.
At this time, they need explicit instruction and clear guidelines as to when they need their work done for. I found it useful to have rough deadlines in place and available to them on the subject notebook. They could check in with these to assess their own progress and it made the final few days a lot easier on all of us when the final deadline was approaching.
Submission and Grading
It centralizes everything for the teacher, meaning quick access to all of the CBAs, but it also makes corrections so much easier. To make your life easier, keep these things in mind:
Rubrics: Copy and paste the features of quality from the NCCA into the designated rubric section. This makes your corrections so much easier because you just have to select what descriptor each criteria of the CBA will get, before giving an overall grade.
You can find out how to do this in the video below.
The features of quality set as the rubric for the assignment example.
Below is a sample image of my view correcting the assignment, and the rubric allowing me to easily assign a descriptor to each aspect of the CBA.
All in all, I find
that, although they are very busy, students enjoy the CBA process. A lot of
this comes down to the fact that for them, this type of task is second nature
By making a few small adjustments and keeping these tips in mind, all students will be well equipped to complete their CBAs.
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