Formative Assessment EIL WorkshopPresentation Transcript
Assessment for Learning: Doing it Right – Using it Well
Joana and Teambuilding
Video: A Private Universe
The school year is like a road trip to Chicago because…
Accurate Assessment Effectively Used WHY ASSESS? What’s the purpose? Students are users too! ASSESS WHAT? What are the learning targets? Are they clear? Are they good? Who will use the results? Be sure students understand targets too! ASSESS HOW? What method? Written well? Sampled how? Avoid bias how? Students can participate in the process too! COMMUNICATE HOW? How is information managed? reported? Students track progress and communication, too!
The good news is---you are doing much of this already!
This Formative Classroom Assessment Program simply helps you make your current practice more intentional and effective .
Balancing Assessment for and of Learning
Assessments for and of Learning Place in Time After learning Assessment OF Learning Assessment FOR Learning Reason Check status To Inform Other people (as in summative) Focus Standards Example Internal/external accountability tests Teacher’s Role Administer, interpret/use results, develop classroom tests, assign grades Student’s Role Meet standard, score high/avoid failure
Assessments for and of Learning Place in Time After learning During learning Assessment OF Learning Assessment FOR Learning Reason Check status Improve learning To Inform Others (summative) Students (involvement) Teachers (instruction) Focus Standards Learning targets Example Internal/external accountability tests Diagnostic assessments, ungraded quizzes, teacher observations, learning logs, oral questioning, etc. Teacher’s Role Administer, interpret/use results, develop classroom tests, assign grades Change standards into classroom targets, provide descriptive feedback, inform and involve students Student’s Role Meet standard, score high/avoid failure See target, use results to improve learning; set goals
You don’t fatten the pig
by weighing it
Learning is not a spectator sport!
If kids don’t want to learn,
there will be no learning.
If kids don’t feel able to learn, there will be no learning.
The questions is…
How can we use assessments to help our students to learn?
Rick Stiggins, 2004.
Students Involvement: Three Guiding Questions
Where am I going?
Where am I now?
How can I close the gap?
Adapted from Atkin, Black, & Coffey, 2001
Seven Strategies for Assessment for Learning
Know where they are going
1. Provide clear and understandable vision of the learning target.
2. Use examples and models of strong and weak work.
Know where they are now
3. Offer regular descriptive feedback.
4. Teach students to self-assess and goal set
Know how to close the gap
5. Design lessons to focus on one aspect of quality at a time.
6. Teach students focused revision.
7. Engage students in self-reflection, and let them keep track of and share their learning.
The facts and concepts we want students to know and understand
Reasoning Learning Target
The ability to use that knowledge and understanding to figure things out and to solve problems
Analyze, compare/contrast, synthesize, classify, evaluate, etc.
Inductive and deductive thinking
Performance Skill Learning Target
The development of proficiency in doing something where it is the process that is important
Speak a second language
Playing a musical instrument
Product Learning Target
Using knowledge, reasoning, and skills to design, create, or develop a tangible product, where creating the object itself is the focus of learning
Term project, exhibit
Finding our Targets
Driving a Car
What will students need to know?
K Target: Understand informal rules of the road.
What reasoning skills are involved?
R Target: Analyze road conditions, vehicle performance, and other driver’s actions.
What will students need to be able to do?
PS Target: Ability to steer, signal, park, backing up, etc.
What are the requirements of the products that might be created as a result?
P Target: None
Deconstructing Learning Targets
So how do we deconstruct our learning targets?
Handout, Unpacking a GLE
Get with a partner who teaches a similar grade and content
Follow the coding steps of Unpacking a GLE
Use that information to write the Deconstructed GLEs / Learning Targets at the classroom level and student friendly level
Strategy 1 and 2
Strategy #1: Provide a Clear and Understandable Vision of the Learning Target
Strategy #2: Use Examples and Models of Strong and Weak Work
What are some benefits of clear learning targets?
Benefits of Clear Targets
Help to avoid the problem of too much to teach and too little time.
Provide a foundation for collaborative planning among teachers.
Facilitate assessment for learning: when students understand the intended learning, they are set up for productive self-assessment and goal setting.
Facilitate communication with parents.
There is a need for discrete targets and for general “destinations”.
Start out going SOUTH on S EDGEWATER DR toward E ROCKLYN RD.0.1 miles
2:Turn LEFT onto E RIDGEVIEW ST.0.4 miles
3:Turn RIGHT onto S INGRAM MILL RD.<0.1 miles
4:Turn LEFT onto E BATTLEFIELD ST.0.4 miles
5:Merge onto US-65 N / SCHOOLCRAFT FWY via the ramp on the LEFT.6.1 miles
6:Merge onto I-44 E toward ST LOUIS.207.3 miles
7:Merge onto I-55 N via EXIT 290A on the LEFT toward I-70 EAST / ILLINOIS (Crossing into ILLINOIS).293.8 miles
8:Merge onto I-90 W / I-94 W via EXIT 292A toward WISCONSIN.3.3 miles
9:Take the EAST WASHINGTON BLVD exit- EXIT 51C.0.1 miles
10:Turn RIGHT onto W WASHINGTON BLVD.0.2 miles
11:W WASHINGTON BLVD becomes W WASHINGTON ST.0.3 miles
12:Turn LEFT onto N LASALLE ST.<0.1 miles
13:Turn LEFT onto W COURT PL.<0.1 miles
14:End at Chicago, IL US
First Pit Stop
Purposes of Formative Assessment
Changing Gears How do we communicate?
Characteristics of Quality Feedback Immediate Based on standards/criteria Descriptive, so the student knows what to do differently Supportive of learning Leads students to take ownership of their own learning
“ Do nothing to diminish hope.”
Descriptive or Evaluative Feedback Activity A+ 70 % Emerging The beginning of your story really grabbed my attention. Work on making the end just as powerful.
Try harder next time. You maintained eye contact with the audience throughout your whole presentation. Table 3 is ready for lunch. They have their desks clear, they are sitting down, and they are quiet.
Stand Up and Read
“ Helping Students
By Jan Chappuis
Educational Leadership/November 2005
Second Pit Stop
Providing Descriptive Feedback
Let’s get out the lessons from the morning and apply them to an actual unit.
Clear Targets Two things are happening here---what are they?
“ Feedback is an engineering term…it leads back to the beginning, linking you to your original objectives, and always moves you forward .”