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Share your perspective on Lopez's quote and statement above. Describe how your mindset has changed or been validated
Consider the 4 questions Lopez lists under “Defending our Assessment Practices”. How might you use these questions in your current or anticipated practice? What value might it add to your practice by keeping these questions in mind?
Think about the following questions related to assessment:
1. Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with students?
2. Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?
3. Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students?
4. Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with?
How might you use these questions in your current or anticipated practice? What value might it add to your practice by keeping these questions in mind?
These questions can benefit me as a teacher in the classroom because it will allow me to prepare myself mentally before I assess any of the children in my classes. It is my opinion that these questions are important because it allows teachers to seriously think about the benefits of assessments before presenting the assessments to the students. These questions that Lopez states are ones that each teacher should ask themselves before each lesson as well as each assessment. Answering these questions before a lesson can help with the assessment. These questions lead the way for a successful assessment. If the educator has not carefully planned for a lesson including assessments how can one give an assessment and expect a great outcome. Using these questions in my own classroom is beneficial to me as well as my students.
In what ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner in assessment?
Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are
revolutionizing our schools(2nd ed.). Turnaround Schools Publications