Directing young learners towards effective self assessment


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Directing young learners towards effective self assessment

  1. 1. DirectingYoung LearnersTowards Effective Self-Assessment Image by D Sharon Pruitt David Dodgson TED AnkaraCollege (Turkey)/ University of Manchester (UK)
  2. 2. What is assessment?
  3. 3. What primary school teachers think about assessment:
  4. 4. Assessment is NOT only about... • testing • grading • reports • passing/failing Image by Renato Gonoza
  5. 5. • Teaching is a lot more than assessing, and assessing is a lot more than testing. Henrick Oprea, ‘AboutTeaching’ Image by Henrick Oprea
  6. 6. • Assessment should be done all the time in class .... so that we can see our students progress and not only the final result. (@sabridv) • Assessment should be a continuous process. (@Mtranslator) • Assessment should ..... be continuous and measure the progress of the student - comparing the student with himself earlier in the course, not with others. (@cecilialcoelho) Quotes from theTwitter community
  7. 7. ...for learning • formative • reflective • continuous • personalised • raises awareness ...of learning • summative • tests • grades • reports • STRESS! Assessment...
  8. 8. • At its best assessment is for showing students where they are, what they need to do next, and how to do that. At worst, it's just labelling. (@harrisonmike) Quotes from theTwitter community
  9. 9. Self-assessment in language teaching Image from Stardust 4, OUP
  10. 10. • They just give themselves top marks for everything (especially the troublemakers)! • They don’t know how to do it properly! The criticisms: Image by Jennifer Hardt
  11. 11. • They can’t do it idependently (especially the shy ones)! • They are too young to comprehend the concept! The criticisms: Image by Kevin Chang
  12. 12. • ...we tend to underestimate the potential for self-regulation in our children, seeing them too often as blank sheets to be written on, empty vessels to be filled, or wild and in need of taming. Young children can, within the limits of their cognitive development, be helped to organise their resources, both internal and material. Cameron, L. (2001) Teaching Languages ToYoung Learners
  13. 13. • [Self-assessment] is a teaching strategy as much as an assessment strategy. McKay, P. (2006) AssessingYoung Language Learners
  14. 14. S.T.E.P.S. to effective self-assessment Image by D Sharon Pruitt
  15. 15. tudent involvementS Image by Rex Pe
  16. 16. • Students should be involved in the process ..... and they should be aware of what is expected from them. (@sabridv) • Let your students set their own goals and monitor their own progress. It`s tangible. They feel in control. Nine times out of ten they will surpass their own expectations. A great motivator! (@miladakrajewska) • Motivated students do much better. (@gret) Quotes from theTwitter community
  17. 17. eacher modellingT
  18. 18. Image byVancityFair
  19. 19. • We watched everyone's movie and gave positive feedback and constructive criticism. I modelled the first few comments and then let them try it. What ensued was the most effective feedback session I've witnessed in a while, adults included. Mary Beth Hertz ‘Effective Feedback’
  20. 20. eacher modellingT Thinking aloud Reflective questions Feedback & support
  21. 21. veryday self-assessmentE Image by D Sharon Pruitt
  22. 22. • I truly believe that putting more emphasis on self-assessment brings more benefits to the learner and the learning process than a pure progress or end-of the course test. (@erikasovath) Quotes from theTwitter community
  23. 23. • can easily gauge student understanding by having each student take 10 seconds to say one thing they learned at the end of class. • In 2 minutes I had a snapshot of the actual learning that had happened during the 45 minute period. Mary Beth Hertz ‘More Adventures in Checking for Understanding’
  24. 24. veryday self-assessmentE Image by D Sharon Pruitt • What did you learn today? • What did you like about today’s lesson? • What didn’t you like? • What do you think of your work?
  25. 25. eer evaluation & feedbackP Image by miscellaneous chemistry
  26. 26. upportive classroom environmentS Image by Scott Robinson
  27. 27. And finally....
  28. 28. • What did you learn from today’s session? • What did you like about it? • What didn’t you like? • Any questions? And finally....