Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lori Volding Summative Assessment Project

Assessment Overview:
During the first half of the semester, students will explore one specific cultural dance through the partnership of the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts, located downtown Minneapolis. They will attend a dance matinee at the Cowles Center and experience hands on instruction at our school with a professional dancer. Padlet question and answer posts, peer skill analysis checklists, and google doc quizzes will be used for periodic formative assessments. The summative assessment entails a group Just Dance presentation. Students in groups of 2-4 will create, instruct, perform and present a video or slideshow of a historical dance style of their choice. First all students will watch in class a short intro about their Just Dance project.

The PBS DanceSense: Dance of Culture, and Evolution of Dance(comedian) will also be viewd in class to emphasize the importance in selecting their dance style, music  while honoring the history and culture of their selected dance. Students will leave with a top 5 list of dance styles of interest prior to leaving class. Over a period of 4 weeks, the students are expected to create and collaborate a presentation that meets the criteria outlined on the rubric. Twice the dance will be presented through instructional/tutorial (parts) and a final performance (whole). The website such as PBS Free to Dance Lesson Plans, and a playlist with various dance tutorials such as Hip Hop, Breakdance, Boogie Woogie, Cupid Shuffle, Footloose, Baltimore Strut will be resource guides for students to follow. This graphic organizer shown below with the elements of dance is another useful source for students to understand and apply their knowledge.
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Once the dance style and groups are selected, students will research the music, culture and dance steps. Storyboard will be used for group planning, organizing, and tracking their resources. Here is the Rubric students will develop for their peer groups and teacher to use for their final Just Dance presentation.
Standards and Benchmarks:
High School Outcomes for Grades 9-12
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
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Standard 2: Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
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Standard 4: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
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Standard 5: Recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
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Description of how it is Authentic Assessment
I think this project is authentic since it allows students to select their dance style, music, and choreography through their choice of tools in multi media, and it presents a sense of ownership by allowing students to create a cell section to the Just Dance Presentation rubric.
Personal reflection on your growth in this area:
This project was another 2 steps forward for me as I continued to explore and dive into new forms of summative assessment in physical education. Next year I will give this a go for my 9th grade PE classes. I am excited to expand and apply summative assessment in this new format; it is my expectation and hope to enhance student knowledge and exploration while continuing to align with our physical education standards.

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