only one correct answer?

A physics teacher gave a barometer and asked them to determine the height of the building. A barometer shows atmospheric pressure of a point, where it was measured .The obvious answer teacher was expecting from his students is this: there is a relation between pressure at point and to altitude of the point. At higher altitude atmospheric pressure reduces. So by feeding the observed data to the mathematical formula, which relates drop in pressure to height, you can find the height of the building. Most of the students had done that way. Few students took very clever approach.

How to assess a student who lacks writing skill but otherwise talented?

How do we design a assessment method for a student who has good of understanding of concepts but not able to express through writing? This was question put forth by one of the teachers in a leading school, when we conducted workshop for them on teaching for 21st century learners. For long, our schools used to assess student's learning output by conducting closed book written exams. This has helped those students who are good at writing and those who are capable of recalling the answers given in the text book. It has punished those children, who had good grip on the subject matter, but poor in writing. It punished those who lacked memory & recitation skill. It also didn't care about those co-scholastic skills such as creative thinking, designing, performing art, sport and leadership skills.

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