Discussion 1 Week 5

Assessments with students in mind!

"Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students”

Share your perspective on Lopez’s quote and statement above.


Assessments are a critical part of a learners educational needs. I once believed that assessments were about the teacher, but now I know its all about the students. I currently work for a Head Start center and students are assessed on a weekly basis. Assessments help teachers to keep up with the progress of their students. After students are assessed, teachers can plan lesson geared towards their educational needs. It is important that teachers are honest when assessing students because its not about the teacher. Every teacher desires for their students to excel, but academic honesty is the best policy.

Describe how your mind set has been changed or validated.

My mindset has been further validated based on Lopez quote. I will continue to use assessments to better prepare my students for the next grade level. With students in mind, I will prepare lessons based on the outcome of their assessments.

Consider the 4 questions Lopez lists under “Defending our Assessment Practices” (p.98). How might you use these questions in your current or anticipated practice?

I would use assessments as a checkpoint. I would do a self evaluation based on the questions assessed and this will prepare my students better. Often times assessments can be used as checkpoints. They can be used to evaluate the progress of students.

What value might it add to your practice by keeping these questions in mind?

The value that might be added by keeping these questions in mind is the overall outcome of the students I will educate year after year. As an educator, I will properly assess my students based on their individual needs to empower them to do their best.

In what ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner in assessment?

I have succeeded in assessments because I make evaluations throughout the day without them even knowing it. These assessments occur during morning circle, center time, and outdoor play.

References

Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our schools (2nd ed.). Turnaround Schools Publications.