Assessment for Learning

In the video Assessment for learning, it explains the importance of assessing students for understanding. Often teachers will ask an entire group of students a question and call on one student raising their hand to answer the question. As an educator, how can you be sure that all students learned the material, just because one student raising their hand knew the answer. This video encourages educators to try different strategies to assess for student learning, not just the typical standardized test.

Key Strategies

1) Clarifying, understanding, and sharing learning intentions, it shows the importance of providing examples of different qualities of work. As an educator, it is important to show students what an A, B, C, D, F paper look like. Students will have the clear opportunity to see what level it will take to improve their grade. The clearer an educator is with grades, the less a student can question the grade they receive.

2) The importance of in class heated discussions as well as activities that show proof of student learning. I feel it is always important for students to be able to have discussions in class, it encourages them to take a stand for what they think as well as forcing them to provide information to support their reasoning.

3) The importance in providing feedback so students can move in a positive direction. As a teacher it is always important to inform your students how they can improve. The clearer you can be with feedback, the less a student can question the reason for receiving a grade as well.

4) Strategy number four encourages activating students as learning resources for one another. Students can definitely learn from one another, they can take positives and negatives and find ways to improve. They can collaborate and share ideas together.

5) Have students taking ownership for their work. This is extremely important, you always would like your students to own their work and take pride in what they are doing. If they are proud of their effort and finished product, it will be more rewarding and the students will be self motivated to learn, think, create.

Overall, I agree with all 5 strategies. I do not think there will ever be one clear answer on the best way to teach a lesson, but by trying different strategies, you are providing the best opportunities to reach all students. Assessment is critical to student learning, because as an educator it is important to be able to show proof that students are retaining information. I would also try self assessments as well as assessments towards feelings in the affective domain. I feel these are alternative strategies that can help assess students as well.
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