“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students”
Defending our Assessment Practices
Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with 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 in for students?
Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with?
These questions I probably already use in my practice. When the teachers in my facility come together in a community meeting we generate overarching questions base on a unit. These questions are basically what is the overall idea we want the students to earn that they will be able to carry on in the real world. Our program is all about play, and bringing the outside world inside where the students can recreate any scenario. This helps us understand the value in each assessment because the students will demonstrate these ideas at some point in their life.
Success/ Failure in Partner in Assessment
I have succeeded in partnering in assessment in the sense that I am able to communicate with my students very frequently their feedback on ideas. They allow for more higher level thinking. I believe I have failed in partnering those students who need more one on one time. Reason being, I give each student almost the same amount of time to express their feelings on certain activities. Other students just need that extra time that I am not able to give because I at time I feel I have to get it completed on that given day.