Students Assessment Learning Reflections
Yorkdale Central School
Erv: Often we are more concerned with proving growth and giving marks
than we are with providing opportunities for students to learn. Feedback is very
important to improving these opportunities. I prefer, at times, to allow
students to give this feedback orally and in their journal entries. I also ask
them if they learned something by their involvement in an activity. These
comments are more important to me than a mark. It would be interesting if these
student comments could be included in their report somehow.
Erv had his middle year students simulate a mall spending trip with $100.00 to
spend. They had to list their purchases, percentage-off discounts and they had
to include PST &GST, to spend as close to $100 as possible. The following are
some of his students' comments about the experience:
- I liked the trip to the Mall because it was different from our every day
class and we got to go and talk with the other kids in the class. I think the
game would have been better if we had $200 rather than $100. I like the game and
thought it worked good.
- I thought that this trip to the mall was good. I liked it because it
taught us how to buy things that are on sale so that we don't get ripped off.
It didn't help that it was in the class and we only had $100 to spend. The
thing that was interesting was we got to make a price list and we had to get as close to $100 so
we could win.
- The trip to the mall was fun because it was something different and helped
with math. It wasn't boring like doing assignments out of the text book and it
gave a picture of what it would be like in a real store.
- It helped me get quicker when doing percentages. It showed us how the
first price differs from the total price and we learned how to budget our money. It
made us better sales people.
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