No Excuses University - Assessment
Week 5 Discussion 1
“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (Lopez, p.97).
I do think that assessments are a reflection of the teacher. If assessments are being used the right way teacher should constantly be changing and developing the way they are teaching so their approach is tailored to their students needs. So in a way, I do think assessments are about the teacher.
Defending Our Assessment Practices
Think about the following questions related to assessment:
- 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?
Taking these questions into account would add value to practice because they lead back to the root of why we do assessments. If educators can answer these questions they will be better equipped to utilize assessments to their (and students) advantage.
In what ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner in assessment?
I could delve deeper into the results and feedback from the assessments to better tailor the students learning to their developmental level. Basically, partnering more with students and more often.