Darlng Rodriguez

“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students”

Assessment is truly about the students. The information we obtain by the students will allow the teacher to better or advance a lesson. My knowledge was validated when Lopez says that teachers can use the information to help generate newer and better ideas. I becomes difficult for the teacher to know her next step without knowing how much information the students already know and understand.

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.