Discussion 1

“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” -Damen Lopez

The quote by Lopez in Chapter 8: “Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (p.97). Assessments do provide a source of information for the teacher to be able to evaluate and improve on student learning. If we cannot assess students for learning, how can we tell what our students are learning? My mindset is constantly changing, because I do not want to overload students with testing, but I do want to have scores to evaluate. I do feel there is great value in certain test scores. The questions that Lopez poses are all important and hold value when giving assessments. Educators should think about these questions before giving an assessment. This will help educators stay away from giving meaningless exams that do nothing for the students. Teachers should give exams with a purpose.

1. Why are you participating in the assessment that you use with students?

As a teacher I feel it is important for you to know why you are testing the students.

2. Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?

This provides the ultimate value of giving the exam, because you are able to explain what you are gaining from it.

3. Do you participate in assessments that you find no value for students?

If there is no value for the students, then the exam should not be given. The results of an exam need to assist the teacher in some type of way.

4. Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask help with?

I feel as a teacher, you should not be afraid to try things. Administrators should understand if you attempt a particular assessment. As long as you have data to back up your thinking, you should not be afraid to think outside the box.