Assessment

By: Chrystal Crawford

"Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students"(Lopez, 2013, p. 97)

Describe how your mindset has been changed or validated?


This quote is so true that assessment is about the students and not the teacher. When I first started doing assessments I did not understand why I had to do them but I can say now after doing assessments I can see that assessments are needed and should be used. Assessments shows teachers if a child can do something or if they have learned something.

Lopez's 4 questions under "Defending our Assessment Practices"(Lopez, 2013, p.98)

  1. Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with your 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 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?


I would use these questions to see if the assessment is a benefit for the children. I would use these questions to see if I clearly understand the assessment I am using and if not I would talk to someone that could answer the questions I have. By looking at these questions I can say that looking out for the children because I want what is best for them.


What value might it add to your practice to keep these questions in mind?


Keeping these questions in mind will add a lot of value to my practice by me knowing that I am concerned about what the children are doing and if these assessments are creative and appropriate for the children I work with. These questions add value because as a teacher it is good to know the assessment you are using with the children and know why you are using them.

In what ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner in assessments?

I have made students my partner in assessments by letting them know what we are about to do and that they do not need to worry just to do their best. I work with 3 and 4 year old's at a head start and I tell them we are about to play some games. They are very eager to get a chance to do the things in the assessment. They love doing the assessment games. I am also patient with the children who struggle when some of the things. I let them know slow down, take their time and that they can do it.

Reference

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