Alternative Assessment Methods

Deliverables that Demonstrate…

Our Alternative Assessment Methods prove their ability to make connections between the academic content, immediate surroundings and their personal lives.

Instead of instilling fear or anxiety around exams with the pressure to memorise and regurgitate crammed information, we strive to foster curiosity, exploration, discovery and thus ultimately a deeper comprehension over a wide span of academic and arts subjects.

We evaluate co-learners’ progress and interest levels over a variety of topics, by assessing their comprehension and understanding via their ability to articulate and formulate their own ideas as well as create projects inspired by each topic covered. Furthermore by evaluating co-learners’ techniques in introducing new material, in leading activities and discussions with the group, assesses the ability of their methods to foster other co-learners’ developments. Ultimately, from each co-learners’ progress, whether they are understanding the lesson / activity and able to participate in the discussion, determines whether the activity presentation methods are successful. Progress is not measured quantitatively (as in standardised tests), but rather qualitatively via active participation in discussions and activities, in various creative productions, and ultimately in one’s ability to interact harmoniously within the collective as well as with nature.

To assess their progress, rather than conducting exams and assigning marks sheets, our co-learners demonstrate what they have learned through some of the following ways:

Peer Education

taking opportunities to assist other co-learners’ comprehension by working one on one or in small groups as well as by making presentations to the entire group on various topics covered over a specific term.

Daily Diary Writing

regarding what one has learned, understood and felt throughout the day (which are not kept private but shared with others) are ways for individuals to evaluate themselves and their own personal progress both academically as well emotionally.

Samvad

समीक्षा

samikṣā

, critique sessions are also a way for co-learners to discuss their own discoveries regarding their individual explorations in reference to specific questions that have come up in their minds, as well as propose new questions that have come up in the process. Co-learners can also demonstrate if and how some of the samvad topics are actually relatable to our lives. Furthermore these sessions provide opportunities for co-learners to share their individual inner, emotional, and inter-personal transformations that are occurring within one self and between each other.

Drama Performances are used to illustrate what co-learners have learned, comprehended and understood regarding a particular subject matter, especially for Hindi, English, History various life situations or circumstances.

पत्रिका

patrika

Additionally they produce an in-house weekly newspaper and biannual magazine, though which our younger batch of co-learners showcase their drawings and paintings, as well as explore creative writing and reporting local current events, that illustrate their ability to make connections between the academic content, immediate surroundings and their personal lives. The production and distribution of such publications, somewhat like a travel journal, provides the compilation of all the physical evidence of each co-learner’s educational journey together. It not only serves as a memento for the participant contributors, but also provides students from other schools, parents, community members and others interested in alternative holistic education, insight into the curiosities, explorations and discoveries made by the talented youth of Space for Nurturing Creativity.

Parents’ Feedback is received after each child’s annual visit home. Older co-learners discuss with each parent, their observations regarding their child’s studies, habits, behavior as well as how they relate and get along with others within their family. These dialogs occur during annual parents’ meetings, at various SNC functions, as well as house visits and phone conversations.

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