ASSESSMENT

WRITTEN BY AN ASPIRING TEACHER

“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (p.97)

My perspective on this quote:

I agree. Although it should be personal in nature, assessment is about helping students reach their greatest potential while measuring their progress. It is ensuring that students are taking control of their learning. They need to understand how to learn, not just what to learn (Newman, 2013). Leading up to assessments, teachers are responsible for creating an environment conducive to learning. asking students to gauge their learning, and individualizing work to support students' success. Ultimately, students need to be involved in their own assessments in order to expand their achievements and boost their confidence level.

“Defending our Assessment Practices” (p.98)

QUESTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED:


  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?


WAYS I MAY USE THESE QUESTIONS IN MY ANTICIPATED PRACTICE:

Reflecting on these questions will better prepare me for the real world of teaching so that my students can be successful. Knowledge is key. Why am I participating in the assessments that I use with my students? If I cannot answer this question, I will not be fully prepared for the process leading up to assessments or the results. If I cannot share in explicit detail the value that I find in each assessment, then I will not be able to involve my students in the process. If I participate in assessments that I find no value in for my students, then my heart will not be in it. If my heart is not in it, my students may pick up on the negative energy and may fail to do their best. If I am using an assessment that I have no idea how to deliver, but am afraid to ask for help with--- it will be unsuccessful! Closed mouths do not get fed! Collaboration is key for success!


VALUE IT MAY ADD TO MY PRACTICE BY KEEPING THESE QUESTIONS IN MIND:


Keeping these questions in mind shows me the importance of collaboration when it comes to assessments. Reflecting on these questions will help me from making the same mistakes that educators in the past may have made. I can also use these questions as a tool for research and preparation when taking part in assessments.

WAYS IN SUCCEEDING TO MAKE MY STUDENTS MY PARTNER IN ASSESSMENT

WAYS IN SUCCEEDING TO MAKE MY STUDENTS MY PARTNER IN ASSESSMENT

Student involvement is imperative for quality assessment. In order for my students to take responsibility for their own learning, they need to be a part of the decision-making process. They need to be constantly involved. I plan on giving formative assessments to my students so that they can see where their strengths and weakness lie and what progress has been made. They then have the opportunity to research necessary information that is needed to improve. Together, we can share ideas and come up with a plan for success.

REFERENCES

Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our schools (2nd ed.) Turnaround Schools Publications.

Newman, R, Fielstein, L & Phelps, P (2013) Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century Connecting the Dots. Bridgepoint Education Inc.

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