Monday, May 26, 2014

Shandra Prowell Summative Assessment Project

Summative Assessment: Orchestra Hall Unit
Subject Area/Grade Level: Music, 3rd/4th Grade

Standards Assessed:
Identify the elements of music including melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, tone color, texture, form and their related concepts.
Respond to or critique a variety of creations or performances using the artistic foundations. Compare and contrast the characteristics of a variety of musical works or performances.

In the Edina Elementary Music curriculum, 3rd graders learn about the families and instruments of the orchestra/symphonic band.
We will begin with KWL to see what students already know. This will be done with the Socrative app using the Short Answer quiz. They will be required to enter their names and will be asked to answer:
- What do you know about orchestra families and instruments?
- What do you want to know?
Once this is done, we will begin the unit. Students will watch brainpop videos then take the corresponding kahoot quizzes based on the videos. They will also use iPad apps and interactive instrument websites to explore instrument timbres, and apply their knowledge by listening to Orchestral Music designed for children (Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals) while demonstrating their comprehension with manipulatives or by answering questions afterwards. As a culminating event we will go to Orchestra Hall to see the Minnesota Orchestra perform.

Tools used:

After the concert, We will play instrument bingo which is a fun way to classify instruments by family and to demonstrate the ability to connect an instruments’ sound with its’ image/name. Students will work in teams of 2 or 3. One will man the Bingo board while the other will use an iPad Mastery Connect app to take the summative assessment on instrument families (created with google forms but linked to Mastery Connect). Because it is linked, it will automatically get put into a Mastery Connect tracker.

Most of my final assessments in performance are very authentic because they are performing to show their growth. This is one area that cannot be completed in that format. It is also doesn’t make a lot of sense to take 6 lessons to teach the concepts and another 3 or 4 lessons to work on a final project because I see students only once a week this year. That would make 2 month project when there is so much other learning to do. Instead, this assessment is authentic in a different way because it relates back to all of the forms of previous learning, allows them to learn by playing, demonstrate learning through play and the final quiz will not just ask them to demonstrate knowledge of the  instruments and families but will have them respond to the performance they just saw in person performed by one of the best orchestras in the world using those instruments we just spend 4-6 weeks (lessons) learning about. I think the learning in general will be motivating, as well, because they are playing with sound and instruments in a digital format that is interactive rather than passive. As I look back at this, I see that, more than just a summative assessment, I have, through backwards design, created more of a unit. One final reflection, this one about Mastery Connect: I see the benefits of using this mastery tracker to create assessments through backwards design and really zero in on what exact standard you are teaching, following students with the tracker, having the standards attached to everything, creating a curriculum map, etc. I do still find it cumbersome, though, and am not convinced that I will continue to use it or that it is the best fit for my subject. There are just too many pieces/steps that fit into each one of the standards that I can't fit them all into one column. For instance, The first one about Identifying the elements of Music is an enormous umbrella under which all of music fits. We identify and show understanding of each of the elements with multiple tasks. Most of what I teach fits under this umbrella. Therefore, as I said, I'm not sure I will continue to use Mastery Tracker to keep track of my students' progress. 

Notes from presentations: 
  • If Mastery Connect is not effective, use Flubaroo to grade the quizzes. Add a category for students to input their email and send out results and answer key.
  • For a more authentic assessment: Work in teams of 2-3 to make a short presentation on an instrument using thinglink, shadow puppet, educreations, etc. (pick one and explore) describing timbre, construction, sound production, history, reason why it fits in the family.
    • Querry: How will they get and embed sounds to represent the timbre of their instrument?
    • Will need to create a rubric (use goobric?)

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