A Teacher's Perspective...

No Excuses University-Assessment

"Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students" (Lopez, 2013 p.97).

Then and Now...

This will be my second year teaching elementary school. My first year was very challenging and it was the first time I was under a lot of pressure to produce. The school is very data driven and so when the students didn't do well on tests I believed there was something that I wasn't doing right as a teacher. As you can guess by the end of the year I was reevaluating my life as an educator. This year I've learned to use the results of the assessments to target areas students need help in. I've learned that is the real purpose of the assessment. It is about the student, areas they need clarity or just help in getting the concept. The assessment helps me to be a better teacher, better lesson planner and this in turn helps the students to be successful.

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

When I taught drama, the students participated in creating the performance piece for the assessment. They liked being a part of the process and when it came time to test they were excited. Each class created the assessment (there were four classes) and I shuffled them between the four classes so no one would have the test they created.

The assessments we give in the second grade are created mostly by the teachers or grade level chairs so they are not a part of the process. At this point, I'm not sure how we (the teachers ) could make them a partner outside of just telling what they are doing and why they are taking the assessment like Lopez did with his class in this week's reading.

Week 5 Discussion: No Excuses University- Assessment

Dawn Wooten