Motivation - Using Your Best Means of Communication
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GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: all
1. Challenge students to express their creativity in a medium that is comfortable, rewarding, attractive, and most importantly, non threatening.
2. Allow students to accept responsibility for their performance.
students demonstrate understanding of the lesson taught, (book read) in the medium of their choice.
ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES:
After a lesson (chapter, unit, book read) has been presented, students demonstrate their understanding of the material in a variety of ways.
1. conventional test or book report
2. an artistic interpretation of material (individual or group) - poetry and illustrations or clay (or other medium) interpretation
3. theatrical presentation (short skit)
4. oral presentation and demonstration
When students complete their assignments, they will grade their projects based on the following criteria.
a. completeness 25 points
b. neatness 25 points
c. effort 25 points
d. accuracy 25 points
This is turned in to the teacher with the project. Do not look at the students grade before you grade the project. The two grades are compared, discussed and then averaged for the final grade.
TYING IT ALL TOGETHER:
This type of assignment gives students the flexibility they need to demonstrate their understanding of material presented in a way that better suits their abilities. Allowing students to express themselves in ways other than words often motivates them far beyond their own self-expectations. When the students have ownership in the grade achieved it often allows them to take responsibility for their performance.