Assessment for Learning

In the 21st century classroom

Key Strategies

Rystad's video "Assessment for Learning" introduces five key strategies for teachers to measure students' learning in the twenty-first-century classroom. The first plan describes how teachers must create learning objectives that clearly state what students are expected to learn in a lesson. Rystad (2013) notes that teachers should end their learning experiences with a question to evaluate student's understanding. For example, while reading the book "Little Red Riding Hood", asking preschoolers "what do you think will happen next" or "what would you do if you ran into the big bad wolf in the forest" will help students reflect and expand on the lesson. The second strategy describes how teachers generate and encourage classroom interactions and experiences that demonstrate student learning. The third approach explains that teachers should provide efficient feedback to move students forward in the learning process. Rystad (2013) states "the best feedback is not the feedback given to the student, but the one given to the teacher". The fourth strategy focuses on allowing the students to use each other for learning resources. And last but not least, the fifth plan describes how teachers should hold students accountable for their learning.