Our SDD was based around assessment and looking more closely at the different forms we use in the classroom. As I have moved around several schools and now recently into a different region, I have seen and been a part of many different types of assessments. One thing that I have always thought, and was even brought up in one of the workshop readings, was that each school has more than enough data on how students are performing. I believe it is now time to use this data efficently and analyse it deeply. As I am doing reading recovery this year, I have learnt how much information I can learn about a student's reading just by analysing one running record deeply. Through this, I have been taught how to create personalised short and long term goals for my students. I think to myself how can this be implemented in the classroom, less assessments but more meaningful and being able to have the time to analyse them deeply?
Another thing that stuck out to me yesterday was my small knowledge of self assessment/peer assessment. In the classroom I have been guilty of attempting this in a rushed way, such as reading through a students work and asking them why are there so many magical fullstops and to go back and read their work. However it seems that as a whole, we have not been equiping students with the ability to self assess themselves. I don't think it has to be formal all the time. It can be a sinple checklist that can be glued onto their tables so that they know what is expected of them in their daily work, not just assessments. I know personally that when I know what is expected of me, I will plan what to do and actually complete a task to the best of my ability. The same goes for our students, even the smallest ones.