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Chapter 7: “How Do We Know They Understand?”: Performing Our Understandings
The worst evaluation experience I’ve had was sitting down in New York City on a Thursday night to figure out what to ask my students on Friday about the play we’d just read. “What can I test them on?” I asked myself. “Were most of them here when we analyzed Macbeth’s metaphors? ‘Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.’”
This was, obviously, no way to plan for students’ achieving deep understanding of this character and his actions.
The best experience was challenging students to find any art form with which to express the ...