Assessment for Learning

Engaging 21st Century Learners

Key Strategies . . .

As I watched the Rystad video, I enjoyed how the graphics, colors, and music all worked together to impart important strategies for teachers of today. One of my favorite strategies was "providing feedback the moves the student forward" (Rystad, 2013). This is an important task for any teacher for any age student. In my classroom, it is vital that I know if my students are learning the content of the standards. An excellent preschool classroom is one that is engaging the student at his individual level. Some students are more hesitant to share in front of others, so some of the ideas presented in the video would be great in an older classroom. The traffic light analogy would be one to use for small children. In the analogy GREEN stood for understanding, YELLOW for difficulty, and RED for no understanding at all. A simple formula, but one that even very young students can understand.

The video, as a whole, was very helpful and I will certainly implement some of the ideas presented in my classroom in the future.

Formative and Summative Assessments

Both formative and summative assessments are used by instructors for ongoing feedback from their students. I believe that the teacher will use both to monitor a student's overall learning. Once again, it goes back to learning your students' strengths and weaknesses.

FORMATIVE: Formative assessment if used to give a baseline of what the child already knows and where he is at NOW. It helps the teacher to know how to plan lessons and activities based on the skills that he excels in or has trouble with.

SUMMATIVE: Summative assessment has more to do with evaluating and observing to see what the child has learning over a period of time. This assessment will be based on standards that the teacher is using.