I got to know Jill Weber about five years ago when we started our second Teaching American History grant at ESSDACK. And she’s been great about opening up her classroom in a variety of ways including posting ideas and strategies on her blog A View of the Web.
Jill recently shared a post with our study group that she is allowing us to cross-post. Enjoy!
My 7th graders will be taking their first test for me this week. I thought this would be a good time to talk about what a Social Studies test in Mrs. Weber’s class looks like.
Social Studies has changed. Teachers should be implementing activities, lessons, and strategies to help students read and analyze primary sources, think critically, and “do” history. We should be teaching kids how to become historians. How to question sources, look at conflicting view points, and draw conclusions based on the evidence that is given to us.
But what does that LOOK LIKE?
And what does it look like on a TEST?
I have spent the last three years developing a method for creating unit tests/assessments that involve more analysis and application as opposed to simple regurgitation of facts.
Here’s a taste of what you will and won’t see on one of my tests.
Continue reading A Guide to a New Type of Test