Art teachers can upload photos instead of text documents.
- How has this young artist demonstrated knowledge of artistic concepts?
- What could an art teacher say to this student that shows appreciation for the work and suggests goals for future work?
Physical education teachers can upload videos of student performances.
- How do your students compare to others?
- How can you coach students to improve their skills?
Music teachers can post audio files of student performances.
- What have these students achieved?
- What do they most need to work on?
Teachers of international languages can post translations, audio tapes of students speaking, or videos of students making a presentation.
- What facets of the language have the students mastered?
- How can you help them master the skills they're struggling with?
Every teacher can teach critical thinking, logical reasoning, and communication skills, as well as effective writing. All these higher cognitive skills must be assessed through language.
Whatever you ask students to do that employs higher cognitive skills can be shared with others in a COA where teachers collaborate to assess, define standards, deepen their own knowledge of their practice, and create shared understandings of their goals.