Introduction As a History teacher, I’d attempt to understand how much was being understood in my classroom by walking around and questioning each child individually. If they did understand, then fine. The lesson continued. When they didn’t, limited time and resources meant that comprehension problem were often unresolved. I’m embarrassed to admit that there were times when I became so frustrated by learners’ inability to understand my explanations / my ability to enlighten them that I broke my pencil while clarifying something on their page. This broken pencil - for me – has become a metaphor for my failure to understanding what was happening inside the students minds. My clarification methods and the received feedback did not generate a shared understanding of the comprehension problem. Why not? My tools (usually a pencil) was inadequate. My feedback was not appropriate and repeated explanations did not necessarily lead to improved performance Learner did not really see the need to understand. They simply wanted to get through the lesson. This Assessment-for-Learning toolkit that I have developed, is an attempt to engage with the broken pencil, and provide learners and educators with the space to create a shared understanding.
Teachers need to know about their pupils' progress and difficulties with learning so that they can adapt their own work to meet pupils' needs -- needs that are often unpredictable and that vary from one pupil to another.”
Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam
Are tests to Judge or Improve? Field How did we do? How could we do better? TV and film Oscars Nielson TV Ratings Politics Elections Markinor poll Education Yearly Exam ???
Assessment OF Learning Why assess? to determine to what extent students have attained learning outcomes. How does it work? A learners is tested on a s ample of knowledge that pertains to a subject area. Who benefits? Employers, Parents, Schools, HOD
Assessment FOR Learning Why assess? Assess understanding, set goals, review performance How does it work? A student performs a task, receives feedback and then re-submits the task Who benefits? Learner and teacher
The Toolkit Hot Potatoes Multiple Choice web test with Feedback Shared Understanding Learners A toolkit Blog or discussion board ICT Tools Assessment for learning Activities Meta Cognitive Resources
A toolkit that will assist educators and learners understand what is happening inside their classroom. It will
Empower teachers to use educational technology tools to innovate
Further ICT skills as students and educators go to the web.
Develop students and educators capacity to think a bit more about their learning and teaching with meta cognitive resources.
FAQ Assessment-for -Learning Thanks for you interest http://www.webtests.co.za Images: http://www.ghspmb.co.za, http://wefunction.com/2008/11/free-character-pack/ http://www.sxc.hu “ Assessment for learning guidance” Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Retrieved 16/12/2008/ http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_13440.aspx Black, P. and Wiliam, D. (1998). Inside the black box: Raising standards through classroom assessment. Phi Delta Kappan, 80 (2): 139-148. (Available online: http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/kbla9810.htm.) "Formative Assessment". Wikipedia. Retrieved 12/12/2008 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formative_assessment. Who is behind the project? Who’s on the implementation team? Will the activities be free? Who will author the materials? How sustainable is this project? Can I sign up?