“But is it more critical to use this information (assessments) to inform teachers about their impact on students”
This is an idea from John Hattie’s article ‘We Aren’t Using Assessment Correctly’ that resonates and alters my own concept of using assessments. Being a beginning teacher I feel that I’m constantly using assessment to inform my teaching, to create differentiated learning and to provide evidence to track my students’ growth. Which is all good and well, but could I also be using this data to ask the question; how can I change my way of teaching to better impact my learners? This question is one in which I’m going to have to further explore in order to have a deeper understanding of how I can use assessments as feedback for teaching.
Furthermore I need to create assessments in the mindset of an ‘assessor’ instead of an ‘activity designer’. Therefore the purpose of each assessment needs to worthy of each students time and reveal specific evidence for the outcome being assessed for the individual.
Creating through the lens of an assessor will allow me to focus upon how I can alter my teaching to better cater for the needs of the individual and positively impact my learners.