Reflection Journal 4 Assessment
The concept of assessment and its varied types of format were presented
in week 8 lecture of DTL. Assessment is the process of gathering,analyzing
and reporting the outcome of study. According to different purpose,
assessment can be categorized in different ways. However, the traditional
and alternative assessment is the two commonly used types. Multiple choice,
short answer question, true or false and essay writing questions are all
traditional questions.Alternative assessment are portfolio,
performance,presentation,work sample,reflections ( Woolfolk & Margetts,
I was specially impressed by the alternative assessment. In addition, it has
inspired me think which approach is the most effective way for teachers
to gain valid and reliable information of their students.Moreover, I
became to wonder how should I organize assessment for my future students.
The second week of practice was the examination week. exam paper was
conducted to test how much knowledge the students have mastered. I also
be told that the examination is just one part of their final report. They
also applying presentation and participation in their assessment. Not
only the format of assessment are varied but also the percentage of
performance and participation is increased.
After attending the lecture I realize the importance of differentiating
the format assessment and applying right assessment to cultivate lifelong
learner. For example, the strong point of students are not the same, if
we adopt same format examination. Same students may be disadvantaged or
biased. Reducing the importance of high stake test and place authentic
and performance or presentation in result reporting is a now trend in
modern teaching. However, the traditional assessment still has its own
irreplaceable function in assessment. In large scale exam, traditional
test is the best choice for assessing and scoring. Also, it is a
supplementary to students who are not good at performance and presentation.
Despite these assessment, the final goal of teaching is guide our students
to the track of assessment of learning by which students are assessing
their performance and set their study goals.
With the knowledge of different types of assessment, we can not only design
our assessment according to our purpose, but also teach our students to
be aware of the process of learning rather than the scores. In my future
teaching, i will design the exam which are more focus on the performance
and participation of my students. The feed back which i am giving them
should put more attention to describe their situation rather than
emphasizing the result. Understanding the different learning theories is
vital for pre-sever teachers. The report is a tool for me to point their
future direction in study and help them to monitoring the progress they
Woolfolk, A. & Margetts, K. (2013). Educational psychology (3rd ed.).
Pearson Education: Australia.