Assessment for Learning

Key Strategies and How They Help Out

The importance of effective classroom strategies can help maximize student learning.

Each day should present new opportunities.

For example, implementing clear learning intentions, displaying examples of learning expectations, creating environments where questions and answer sessions are part of the daily classroom experience, and allowing students the learn from their mistakes helps to create an effective classroom environment.

Formative Assessment vs. Summative Assessment

  • Formative assessments monitors student learning. It helps to provide ongoing feedback so teachers, as well as, students can easily identify strengths and weaknesses. For example, turning in a term paper early for the sake of receiving instructor feedback.

  • Summative assessments, on the other hand, helps evaluate student learning at the end of a particular instructional unit. For example, a weekly quiz or exam.

Each assessment has advantages and could provide positive results when implemented.

For example:

While studying algebra, the professor would give "quick quizzes" so he could know how well students were learning the techniques being taught. It helped both teacher and student identify weaknesses and strengths. Assessments, when implemented, are of benefit to both teacher and student.