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Reflective journal unit 2A

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Reflective journal unit 2A

  1. 1. Assessment & Reporting Lucía C C 1 The main aim of this journal is to keep a record of my thoughts, notes, reflections and questions about this subject, and some implementation activities related to this subject that I have carried out in my classes. All the information we can find in this journal is connected, however I have decided to classify them by topics.  Balanced Assessment System. Balanced Assessment System (B.A.S.) refers to the strategy of using formative and summative assessment and the benchmarks to know if students are or not learning and improving. It is really useful to address immediate students’ needs, informs ongoing instructional adjustments, and guides long-term educational improvement. B.A.S. focuses on both strengths and weaknesses and, because of that, a variety of assessment types are carried out to fit each student we have in the class.  Formative and summative assessment in B.A.S. In order to get the best formative and summative assessment in B.A.S. it is important to take into account some steps, they are as follows: 1. Think about the students’ needs and interests. 2. Design the instruction. 3. Let students know the learning target. 4. Give feedback to the students. 5. Guide and take care of the students’ progress. 6. Reflect on their progress and make them do it. On the other hand, it is also relevant to determine the level of the students achievement after having studied a topic, or after the term, etc.  The Seven Strategies (7S). 1. Provide students with a clear and understandable vision of the learning target. Let them know what they are learning and why they are doing it. It is important to use a clear language that should be
  2. 2. Assessment & Reporting Lucía C C 2 understandable for them. It the learning targets are not understandable for them, teachers should have to modify them. 2. Use examples and models of strong and weak work. Show them how to improve their work without comparing it with their partners’ work in order not to confront them. 3. Offer regular descriptive feedback. Every student is different so their feedbacks should be also different. Teachers have to give personal feedback in which students are able to see their own errors and how to face them in order to get a better learning. 4. Teach students to self-assess and set goals. Students should be able to recognize strengths and weaknesses in their works and their partners’ work. By this way, it will be easier for them to know what they are asked for. 5. Design quality lessons to focus on one learning target or aspect of quality at a time. Scaffolding it really important and because of that it should be taken into account. 6. Teach students focused revision. 7. Engage students in self-reflection, and let them keep track of and share their learning. Self-reflection is a relevant key because it makes students think about their strengths and weaknesses and it helps them to have success by improving them.