Assessment for learning At the heart of quality teaching http://talkingaboutteaching.wordpress.com 2nd March 2012
Outline of the day• Assessment for learning - shared understanding• Investigating current assessment strategies and classroom practice.• Planning for future assessment strategies and classroom practice• Developing student skills - study skills
Aim Develop a common language & understanding of assessment for learning processes. Reflect on our current teaching and learning practices and their impact on learning Modify a program to improve assessment for learning approaches. Lead to increased student self regulation and responsibility for learning.
Overwhelming research evidence - Classroom practice of teachers is the biggest influence on student learning that schools have some control over. Mckinsey report on Worlds top performing education systems 2007.
Why assessment for learning? - Integral in the majority of highest impact strategies that current research has identified. - Assessment for learning approaches can be easily incorporated into teaching, in many cases with less work for the teacher to do. - Inside the black box - Dylan William & Paul Black
Current use of assessment What are some of the ways you currently assess students in your classroom? How effective are your current assessment strategies? What is your current understanding of Assessment for learning?
Assessment of, for and as learning Assessment of learning - summative tasks at the completion of a unit that tell us what students have learned. Assessment for learning - assessment that provides feedback to teachers (about students) on how learning is progressing and where learning should go next. Assessment as learning - focuses on self assessment where students are active, engaged, and critical assessors. They can make sense of information, relate it to prior knowledge and master the skills involved. It builds the capacity of students so they can understand what to do next.
Dylan William What resonated with you from the video? How would you modify your definition based on what you have just heard? (if at all)
Assessment for learning FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDINGS: A process not a task Its only assessment for learning if you do something with the feedback you receive.
5 Key strategies of classroom formative assessment• Clarifying, sharing and understanding learning intentions and criteria for success• Engineering effective classroom discussions, activities, and learning tasks that elicit evidence of learning• Providing feedback that moves learning forward• Activating learners as instructional resources for one another• Activating learners as owners of their own learning.
Classroom assessment Professional reading 1. Which aspects do you feel are most important for your KLA to focus on to move forward? consider: - aspects currently used effectively. - aspects which require greater focus?
Powerful assessment ... Provides teachers with timely feedback to know if their teaching has been effective while still in the classroom. Looks for evidence that students have not learned. Raises the question about what to do next whenlearning has not occurred.
Evaluating the quality of our programs• Understanding by design / constructive alignment. To what extent do we:• Have clear learning intentions and outcomes for the unit.• Have assessment that accurately determines student progress towards these outcomes.• Teaching and learning activities directly align with the outcomes and assessment activities. NB: FEEDBACK ASPECTS TO BE EVALUATED LATER
For a chosen faculty unit of work Reflect on the alignment of learning goals, activities andassessment. Highlight any activities at present that provide hingepoint opportunities for the assessment for learningprocess. Identify any formative assessment tasks or activitiesthat are currently undertaken? Develop or refine a formative assessment activity for theunit.
Discussion questions - How often do you check that students have understood what is taught? - How many students do you check with? - What happens when students do not understand work that is covered?