Assessment for Learning

Key Strategies

Key Strategies

1. Clarifying, Understanding, and Sharing Intentions

2. Engineering Effective Classroom discussions, Tasks and activities that elicit evidence of learning

3. Providing feedback that moves learning forward

4. Activating Students as learning resources for one another

5. Activating Students as owners of their own learning

When watching the video on learning assessments, I learned that their are many different strategies that can be used to gauge when learning has occurred. The Strategy #2 is the one stood out to me the most, and the reason I feel that way is because I think it is a great idea to use mini whiteboards to answer questions because the children are all answering at the same time and they don’t have to answer aloud and do not have to be nervous if they are wrong.

Formative Assessments and Summative Assessments

According to the text it states that “formative assessment is used to inform future practice. Its goal is to improve teaching and learning. An assessment is considered formative when its information is fed back into the system and improves performance in some way (Wiliam & Leahy, 2007).” Newman (2013). Formative Assessments are used to help the teacher know where a child is throughout the learning process and to know where their strengths and weakness are, and lastly to provide the teacher with feedback.

According to the text it states that “summative assessment is to determine a student's overall achievement level in a specific area of learning at a particular time (Black, Harrison, Hodgen, Marshall, & Serret, 2010; Harlen, 2004, 2005). Summative assessments provide a summary of the information that students know, understand, or can do” (Black & Wiliam, 2009). Newman (2013). Summative Assessments allow the teacher to see what the students have learned and what they have not learned at the end of a unit, and allows the student to know what areas need improvement this way both the teacher and student can see the big picture. This form of assessment is mostly done through exams and final projects.

How both sets of ideas could be implemented to create an effective classroom environment?

I believe that both assessments could be implemented to create and effective classroom environment as long as they are done accurately. When it comes to formative assessment I believe that using formative quizzes is an effective way to measure the effectiveness of lessons taught and to assess where students are in the learning process, however there are other learning aids that can be used to involve students in the process, such as the thumbs up or down which will allow the teacher to identify the students that are following along and the students that need extra help. A sample of summative assessment would be to align summative assessments to curriculum as well as student placement in a specific program.


Newman, R. (2013). The Changing Landscape of the Classroom. In Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Connecting the dots. Bridgeport Education.

William, D. and Thompson, M. April 7, 2013. Five Key Strategies for Effective Formative Assessment, Retrieved from