BY: QUNTA BUSH-WYCE
"Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students"(Lopez, 2013, p. 97)
How has your mind changed?
Assessment deals more with the students and not so much the teacher. When I began working in 2nd grade, assessments in my opinion were useless. I felt as though I taught all week long and now the students will be assessed on what they learned and they will know it because its all fresh. As time progressed I understood them a lot better. The assessments I later found out could be used to help me help the students in need, as well as be a form of data collection for further evaluation if necessary. It also helps the student to see what they need to work on.
Lopez's 4 questions under "Defending Our Assessment Practices" (Lopez, 2013, p.98)
- Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with your 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 for students?
- 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 the questions to get a clearer understand of why I am using such assessment. I would evaluate the assessments in order to be able to provide explicit details in reference to each assessment. I would also look at the assessments in order to ensure that value is being provided for my students and that the assessments are not time fillers and that the students nor myself are just wasting time.