Showing a student’s development.

07-07-2023 | Hans van Vlaanderen

Not only teachers and mentors, but parents, internship supervisors and even future employers like to see how a student develops over time. But how do you make that insightful? Do numbers say enough?

It is possible, of course, that a quiet student may continue to come out of his shell over the course of the school year. Or maybe that “born leader” is learning more and more how to work with other students. These are things that matter and can improve school performance. But they are not necessarily measured on a test.

Measuring and reflecting

Every project, presentation, essay or other assignment a student or student undertakes involves many skills. In all assignments that a student places in the Simulise portfolio, those skills can be measured. Both the teacher and the student can grade the assignment. Self-reflection is an important part of learning, and so the student becomes extra involved in his own learning.

All that information can be found in a clear competency diagram. This makes it clear to all parties how the student or student is doing. And that’s not only convenient for now, but the student builds something. In further education or even in the job market, the student can show: this is who I am and what I can do. But you can also look into the past: that way you can see at a glance the student’s development over time.

Simple or deliciously elaborate

You can attach skills to each item in the portfolio. As a school, you can determine the rubrics for this yourself, or if you don’t want to, you can work with the ready-made rubrics in Simulise. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you want. So with each assignment, you directly measure skills, which automatically enter the competency diagram.

And the advantage is: you don’t have to change your curriculum for it. But what previously did remain somewhat hidden in the learning process suddenly becomes visible. And that is not only helpful for teachers, it is also a good incentive for students who can take pride in their own development.

Take a peek at the possibilities of Rubrics in Simulise’s portfolio.