This was a site which we all agreed could be
very useful. Because we were interested in making
"formal" observations, we liked this walkable
assessment . We found one on the web Site, Walk to
School Day: Walking Resources . This provided us with
a wonderful place to guide us in designing a tool for
recording our own observations.
We spent one class
period discussing the checklist and then modifying. We
examined the original assessment as a group. The students
gained a great deal from this discussion. There were a
number of disagreements at first about which items should
be included. Ultimately, the students decided it would be
better to include most of the items on the original
study. We also added one item! The class also decided to
make their answers simple YES or NO. Click
here to see what our assessment looked like.The
students were given a week to complete to the survey.
Then, I introduced the students to a spreadsheet document
as a way to collate the information. Since my students
had not used spreadsheets before, we did this as a group
in our next lesson.