What’s our objective in testing?Assessment and Evaluation in the Islamic Pedagogy
OVERVIEW1. Best Practices in A&E today2. Key Questions that Challenge our Conception of A&E3. An Islamic Perspective4. Case Studies
WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES§ Establish a foundation of A&E best practices§ Challenge the purpose of A&E from the Islamic Pedagogy§ Reconsider our A&E approaches
WHAT IS A&EAssessment requires the gathering of evidence of student performance over a period of time to improve student learning.Evaluation occurs when a mark is assigned after the completion of a task, test, quiz, lesson or learning activity.
YOUR CLASSROOM (BRAINSTORM)§ What methods do you use to assess and evaluate your students§ Do these approaches change between subject areas and grade levels? If so, how?
PURPOSE OF A&E: BEYONDTERMINOLOGY Assessment for Learning Assessment of Learning Assessment as Learning
ActivityGROUP TYPES OF A&E WE USE WITHINFRAMEWORK FOR, AS, OF
8 BIG IDEAS IN ASSESSMENT TODAY DAMIAN COOPER, TALK ABOUT ASSESSMENT1. Assessment serves different purposes at different times2. Assessment must be planned and purposeful3. Assessment must be balanced and flexible4. Assessment and instruction are inseparable5. For assessment to be helpful to students, it must inform them in words, not just numerical scores or letter grades6. Assessment is a collaborative process7. Performance standards are an essential component of effective assessment8. Grading and reporting student achievement is a caring, sensitive process
KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT A&E What is the purpose of A&E? Who does A&E serve? Teachers, Parents, Students, Employers, or College Admissions? What is the impact of A&E?Intellectual growth, correcting mistakes, stress, agony, frustration, fulfillment, achievement, joy?
Turning to an Islamic PedagogyPRINCIPLE OF MUHASABAH
WHAT IS MUHASABAH?I It is reported that Umar ibn al-Khattab (r), one of the greatest students of the Messenger of God, said: “Take account of yourself before you are taken account of. Evaluate yourselves before you are evaluated.” (Mu|annaf ibn Abi Shayba)
MUHASABAH EXPLAINEDSpiritually, Muhasabah is§ divesting the ego of everything standing between it and its progress in the path to purity.§ It entails a heightened awareness of oneself at all times and an evaluation of one’s actions, words, and even thoughts in light of the Sacred Law and ethical standard of the Prophet (s).
HOW DOES MUHASABAH BROADENA&E? Excellence (in all areas) is the aim Self-evaluation is primary Teachers modeling self-evaluation is crucialSelf-evaluation is central to classroom culture (not limited to evaluating content knowledge)
IMPLICATIONS OF MUHASABAH FORA&E IN ISLAMIC SCHOOLS§ Assessment tools facilitate self-assessment§ Teacher feedback on assessments encourages growth§ Teachers model self-reflection§ Teachers provide opportunities for students to improve§ Self-assessment is a process of planning, acting, reflecting, and revising in all aspects of the classroom culture
EXAMPLE 1: PRE-EXAM PREP Math exam is in two days Teacher has committed to hold an exam review/ prep class the day before Teacher facilitates an exit card to help shape exam review
EXAMPLE 2: ENGLISH PORTFOLIO Essay is assigned Students contribute to developing rubric Teacher feedback on essay outline Teacher reviews model essay structure Peer Assessment on first draft Essays is evaluated by teacher Student has opportunity apply feedback to a revision at the end of the course
Case Study and Small Group ActivityAPPLYING THE PRINCIPLE TO PRACTICE
CASES OF A&E1. Pop Quiz in Islamic Studies2. Test in Geography3. Standardized test/exam in Math4. Group Research Project in Social Studies5. Oral Presentation in English6. Homework in Science7. KG students upholding Classroom Code of Conduct8. Maintaining behaviour on a field trip9. Encouraging positive behaviour at recess10. Preventing bullying school-wide
CASE STUDY INSTRUCTIONS§ Create a group of 3-4 educators preferably from the same subject and grade level§ Select on of the case studies (adjust the case to suit your teaching area if needed)§ Consider assessment strategies from list provided§ Use the 5 implications of muhasabah, redesign the assessment tool to address the implications§ Present your group’s new assessment tool to the workshop’s participants
RECAP OF BIG IDEAS 1. Centrality of muhasabah 2. Student learning is the end goal 3. Take from best practices