What are the criteria of a great assessment task? I guess this depends on the age of the child and your teaching philosophy. When assessing understanding I like to follow the model I learned from Jay McTighe: a good assessment task makes the student apply and explain their learning in a purposeful, real life context. I am also really inspired by authentic assessments - a concept which I have blogged about here in the passed including the work of Gulikers, Bastiaens & Kirschener (2004) . But sometimes we are assessing a process or a skill. I stumbled into our school library yesterday. Luckily I had my camera. Although this assessment is arguably not the most authentic context possible it makes up for that with how engaging, challenging, fun and inquiry-driven it is. It's times like these I really love my school, the students and having the chance to learn from others like Julie.
Christopher Frost, teacher, principal and curriculum coordinator