When You Have a Choice
The decision to use an individual or group task is dependent upon factors such as the following.
– availability of space, time and materials to allow for individual completion of the task
– determination of what evidence of learning is required (i.e., to what extent has individual performance as a group member previously been assessed; is this project the best way to gather evidence of individual student performance in regard to the content)
– students’ prior experience in working effectively in groups (could the content learning be compromised because group work is still at an early stage of development)
The Grade 5 Survival science task (in the adjacent column) has been developed as an individual task as well as a group task. It should be noted that the outcomes vary, depending on the option that is selected. The rubrics are also assessing different criteria.
These samples can be adapted to other subjects or grades.