Assessment for Learning

Ryan Nichole Flynn


Assessment is an important part of ensuring students are learning and understanding the information and lesson that is being taught to them. In order to assess students we need to understand the focus of the curriculum which Gordan Svanelid focuses on five big topics, Analytical, conceptual, information management, communication and meta-cognitive. There are two types of assessment we are familiar with formative and summative assessments.

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The Five Key Strategies from the Video

  1. 1. Clarifying, understanding and sharing learning intentions
  2. 2. Engineering effective classroom discussion, task and activities that elicit evidence of learning
  3. 3. Provide feedback that moves learners forward
  4. 4. Activating students as learning resources for one another
  5. 5. Activating students as owners to their own learning

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Formative vs. Summative Assessment

Formative and Summative assessment are both good way to assess students if they are combined. This helps to reach students with all different styles of learning. Assessing children from a summative form only (test taking, paper, project) may fail that student if that is not a students strong area, although still important it needs to be reinforced with a formative assessment. With this assessment teachers can help students identify their areas of weakness and help them improve. Like the video suggested "2 stars and a wish". Providing students with two areas in which they are doing well, and one area in which they need to improve. This will allow a student to know exactly what it is they do not understand and allow them to work with peers or teachers to gain understanding. This is where the green, yellow, and red system can help students.
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Combining Formative and Summative Assessment to increase success

In a classroom testing can always take place and is usually done so at the end of the lesson. I think to ensure a child's success formative assessment should take place first so a student can understand what they need to work on. and can do so working with classmates, teachers and parents at home. After a teacher is confident all students understand and can apply the knowledge then Summative Assessment should take place. If a student does not do well on a written test another practice of assessment should be given especially if the student demonstrates understanding of the information.


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