Red Cross Evaluation Made Simple

In terms of waters safety, first aid and CPR programs the Canadian Red Cross is easily the leader in all three of those categories. This page will focus on the water safety aspects, specifically, the evaluation component of a water safety instructor (WSI) course. This page includes a outline and detailed information pertaining to Red Cross evaluation made simple.

EVALUATION MADE SIMPLE
2 hours (class)
Definition: The incorporation of progressive learning and an individualized approach to instruction designed to help swimmers improve each time they enter the water safely and have fun. In other words, evaluation is ongoing.

OBJECTIVES
1. Define and demonstrate how to evaluate performance using continuous evaluation and the 3x rule for content item completion.
2. Provide feedback/final evaluation in written form to participants of the Red Cross Swim program using the Red Cross Swim program evaluation products.
3. Identify the importance of evaluating according to Red Cross performance criteria.
4. Evaluate progressively and determine the final result.
5. Identify specified use of all Red Cross Swim program recognition products.

Evaluation Criteria
-Defines and demonstrates how to evaluate performance of swimmers using continuous evaluation and the 3X rule for content item completion in a peer-teaching environment
-Identifies the importance of evaluating according to Red Cross performance criteria
-Identifies how to evaluate progressively and determine the final result
-Identifies specified use of all Red Cross Swim program recognition products.

Filling out a Worksheet

Materials: Mock class list. Worksheets.

Time: 25 minutes

Objectives: Provide feedback/final evaluation in written form to participants of the Red Cross Swim program using the Red Cross Swim program evaluation products.
Define and demonstrate how to evaluate performance using continuous evaluation and the 3x rule for content item completion.
Create a mock class listing various skills that a class can and can not do. Hand out the worksheets to the candidates and have them fill it out. Review an accurate version with the rest of the class. Ask class if they have any questions comments or concerns.

Key points.

  • Go over reverse side of the sheet to cover standards
  • 3X rule of evaluation still applies

 Evaluation Made Simple

Materials: EMS task cards. (below)

Time: 25 minutes

Objective: Evaluate progressively and determine the final result.

Introduce candidates to the “Evaluation Made Simple” (EMS) section (WSI Manual page 7.3-7.4) in their manuals. Review each question and how each question should be thought through and decided upon.

Discuss different situations in which the EMS section may need to be used fully. Hand out EMS Task Cards (Written below) and have candidates answer each of the cards with a decision as to what they would do. Have them read the back of the card for immediate feedback.

Scenarios:

Parent / WSI
“My child has missed two lessons? What are you going to do for my child?”
Parent / WSI
“My child was brilliant throughout the session, you even said so! Why did s/he not complete the level? I didn’t see this coming, and you never warned me.”
Parent / WSI
“My child’s skills are obviously not as strong as the other five kids in his class, and it’s week 7 of a 10-week
session…what should we do to ensure s/he completes the level?”
Parent / WSI
“I see that in your class there is a child with special needs. It seems as though my child is not receiving enough attention because of this child.”
Parent / WSI
“I have been observing the class you are teaching and feel as though you are not making it challenging enough because it is a multi-level class.”
WSI / Child
It is the last day of classes. You have given a little girl an incomplete. As you hand her the card, tears stream down her face as she hands you a small gift and says “This is for you teacher.”
Adult Candidate / WSI
An adult learner has just completed Red Cross Swim Basics and is asking you what program to register in next.
Teen Candidate / WSI
One of your teen candidates is exhibiting signs of infatuation with you. The candidate takes it one step further and asks you out on a date. How would you deal with this situation?

Activity: Recognition Products

Objective: Identify the importance of evaluating according to Red Cross performance criteria.

Identify specified use of all Red Cross Swim program recognition products.

Materials: Flipcharts, Felts.

Time: 25 minutes

Break class into three groups and give them one of the following items to focus on:

  • One group will focus on Progress cards
  • One group will focus on Worksheets
  • One group will focus on Journals

Have the groups brainstorm onto a flipchart what should be included in criteria from a parent’s point of view. Have them present to the class after 10 minutes of brainstorming. Discuss the following criteria listed below if it has not been discussed yet.

Tips:

Progress cards

  • Must be legible and directed to the swimmer. Include specific comments as to why a child received a complete or incomplete.
  • Ensure correct spelling. Clearly indicate which level the child should pursue next.
  • Ensure the date and the instructor’s name is on the card.
  • Comments include: a positive constructive comment, specific activities to work on, specific activities done well and a personal comment, e.g., you listened well in class.

Assistant Water Safety Instructor Course and Water Safety Instructor Course Facilitator Guide

Worksheets

  • Parents are permitted to view worksheets.
  • Update each child’s progress after each lesson.
  • Ensure worksheets are legible.

Journal

  • Used to track progress in the Red Cross Swim Basics program
  • Used to track progress in the Red Cross Swim Strokes program
  • Used to track participation in the Red Cross Swim Sports program
  • Has tools for participants to track fitness
  • Instructors sign and date participation
  • Brainstorm a list of creative, positive, words that can be used as encouragement for candidates.
  • Discuss techniques for communicating with parents on Day 1, throughout lesson, mid-session, and on the last day.

Activity: What level?

Materials: 15 Flipcharts, felts

Time: 40 minutes

Objective: Identify the importance of evaluating according to Red Cross performance criteria.

Place the Flipcharts spread out throughout the classroom and write one of the preschool and swim kids levels on each of the flipcharts. Divide the class into four groups and have them go around, while only working from memory, and fill in the criteria they think belongs in that class. Give each group 1 minute at each level before making them rotate to the next one. Discuss what they put on each level and how close they were to the actual level criteria. Have them look at there worksheets and see. Ask the class why knowing this information would be useful?

Ex:
-Last minute lesson
-Evaluations / screenings.

Also ask the class how useful the worksheets and other course materials?

Ex:
-so we wouldn’t’t evaluate the students poorly.
-screenings

 

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