103 Honors Integrated Math 3 students participated in this study during the Spring of 2021.
Design Model: The SITE Model
The SITE model is a great way to help keep the whole student in mind. Site combines Sociocultural, Informational and Technical skills all together to form education for the learner.
My action research focused on equitable assessments for all students. The SITE model played a huge role in leading many of my questions.
S - Sociocultural. “Family, peers, role models, mentors, community, employer or enterprise all contribute to and influence the social and cultural context of the individual learner.” (SITE Model page 5). As students sit down to take an assessment their sociocultural background has a huge affect on their ability to successfully complete the assessment. Did the student have a bad morning? Were there conflicts within their family and/or friends? These short-term effects can have dramatic effects on their ability to perform well on an assessment. This will not show their content knowledge to its full capacity.
I - Informational. Assessments have the potential to provide a great deal of information about individual students learning & about whole-class learning on a topic. They are also a great tool to determine how successful I have been in conveying the needed information.
T - Technical. There are some great digital platforms that can help to make tests equitable to students. The digital platform takes away some of the subjectivity in teacher grading. It also allows the teacher to spend more time analyzing the data assessments give us & developing appropriate lessons.
E - Educational. “The larger context of education… which almost always implies development of broader perspectives and understandings.” (SITE Model page 7). Many assessments are already created for a standard textbook series when a district completes an adoption process. However, many teachers change these assessments to fit in their classroom. In the case of the latest NVUSD mathematics adoption, the high school textbook is almost unusable. The assessment resources that went with this curriculum were also difficult to fit into the curriculum and how I taught. They used terminology that the students felt was only there to confuse them & I agree. I am one of the few teachers that even tried to use the textbook & it’s resources in my teaching. Most of the teachers just create their own and eventually I also went this route. As each teacher creates their own content and assessments, students may not be learning the same information.
The best way to create resources and assessments is to keep the context of the learner in mind. The SITE model is a great way to help keep the whole student in mind when developing such resources.
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