Assessment for Learning

Soo Jin (Christine) Jung

KEY STRATEGIES:

#1: Clarifying, Understanding, and Sharing Learning Intentions

#2: Engineering Effective Classroom Discussion

#3: Providing Feedback that Moves Learners Forward

#4: Activating Students as Learning Resources for One Another

#5: Activating Students as Owners of Their Own Learning

MY THOUGHTS on FORMATIVE vs SUMMATIVE

Formative Assessment:

These assessments allow the teacher to alter the lesson throughout the course of learning depending on the students' progress. This way of assessing students is useful because the teacher is able to see which students are excelling/struggling in which areas and provide more specific, individualized help.


Summative Assessment:

These assessments are helpful in determining the overall result of a lesson. They are more present in traditional classrooms in which the teacher gives a lesson and afterward collects information on whether or not the students understood the material and how well they understood it.

IMPLEMENTING BOTH ASSESSMENTS

In order to create an effective classroom environment, both ideas of assessments should be implemented.


Formative assessments can be implemented throughout a lesson in many ways. For example, by taking breaks throughout the lesson for mini Q&A sessions, the teacher can determine which students are understanding the material. The teacher then can tailor the rest of the lesson by focusing on topics that students are struggling with more.


Summative assessments can be implemented at the end of the said lesson through the use of a test, group project, presentation, etc.

REFERENCES

Rystad, M. (2013, April 7). Assessment for learning [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcLMlY6R7RM