By: Asia Walters
“Assessment is not about you as a teacher"
"Defending our Assessment Practices"
- Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with students?
- Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?
- Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students?
- Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with?
I would complete assessments to make sure my students are understanding what I am teaching. I also would have assessments for myself just in case I may have to reteach something different. It helps me reflect back on my lessons that I taught. Assessments are powerful tools that can help guide a teachers classroom, engage students in taking responsibilities for their learning, carry the weight of a grade as long as its done fairly. (Newman, 2013) I believe if a child is not actively engaged in the assessment then you will find no value in the students. If there is no purpose for an assessment, then an assessment should not be given. I'm not in a classroom so I'm not using an assessment that I no idea to deliver.
What ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner in assessment?
Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our schools (2nd ed.) Turnaround Schools Publications.
Newman, R. (2013). Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Connecting the dots . San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.