No Excuses University Assessment
Chasity Carmouche EDU 650 April 20, 2015
Prospective on Lopez's qoute and statement
Thoughts about Lopez's four questions
In the text (Lopez, 2013) stated, It’s not that the teachers don’t want to use data to drive instruction. It’s more that they are not giving the proper assessment and time, or held accountable to do so. At my place of employment they are not strict on assessment they focus more on making sure the student knows XYZ before they move on. We assess our students on our own throughout the school year. These four questions can help remind me why assessment is important and can help me make sure I am doing it correctly. Don’t be afraid to help ask for help when needed from colleagues. For example, if I have a student with a disability I may go to a colleagues who has a disability student as well for ideas on who to assess that student.
Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our schools(2nd ed.). Turnaround Schools Publications.
Partnering In Assessment
As a teacher for Early Head Start students I take a 2 week window and observe each student so that I can see what areas my students need help with according to the Head Start Standards.
I have succeeded in making my students my partner during assessments. I assess my students through play being that they are so young. When they are in learning centers and I see he/she playing alone I use that time for assessments. For example, if I see a child in the art area I may ask he/she to draw me a circle. Throughout the year I will ask that student again. At the end of the year I pull my students portfolio to see how much he/she has progressed.
Communication between the teacher and student plays a huge role in partnering with assessments. As a teacher, you want your students to be comfortable communicating with you through out the school years. Communication with parents is important as well. For example, a student may be doing some things at home that you haven't notice at school and vice versa.