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Taking a Playful Approach to Assessment

When teachers bring collaboration, creativity, and choice into assessment, anxiety and dread give way to confidence and joy as students show off what they have learned.

July 14, 2023

Years of experience and research have demonstrated that student voice, agency, and choice play critical roles in the classroom, but when it comes to assessment, they often fall by the wayside. At Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School (PETES), in Gatineau, Quebec, third- and fourth-grade language arts teacher Fiona Medley, who is committed to using music and movement as learning strategies in her lessons, intentionally brings a playful approach to her assessments as well. As a result, her students experience less worry and are more self-assured—and they look forward to showing her what they know.

To learn more about the research behind the practices seen in the video, check out the links below.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School

Public, Urban
Grades K-6
Gatineau, QC

Edutopia developed the Making Learning More Playful series with support from The LEGO Foundation.

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