Assessment for Learning
Chelsea Underwood - W4D1
Formative & Summative Assessments
Informs educators on the 3P's --> Product, Progress, Process
Given during instruction and provides feedback for student involvement and future learning
A reflective journal would be the perfect formative assessment in that it provides an insight of the student's understanding based on their own personal thoughts.
At a particular level and particular point in time, it determines overall achievement
Provides accountability and evaluates the effectiveness at higher stakes
A student's report card would be a prime example of a summative assessment in that it gives performance data upon completion of instruction.
Journaling, an example of formative assessment, creates an opportunity for the student to write and talk about what they've learned in their own words. This provides feedback for the teacher which informs progress.
A final exam is an end-of-semester, high-stakes test that proves there was progress and learning. It measures the overall effectiveness of the curriculum and is a great example of summative assessment.
A garden can be a wonderful analogy for formative & summative assessment. Watering, providing sunshine, and caring for your garden vegetables shows examples of formative assessments, while the summative assessment presents itself at the end of the summer when you're looking at the overall results of the growth and life of your plants.
An effective classroom environment is created when both the teacher and student have opportunities for progression. Progression occurs through feedback, collaboration, clarification of information, engagement in activities, and accountability of learning.
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