Assessment Design - An interesting talk about the importance of assessment and its purpose. An important part discussed was what we seek to achieve and how important it is not to drift away from our purpose. We need to use so many different assessment choices so as we know that the students truly understand. Offering the kids different assessment types means we are catering for all learners. Often a pen and paper is insufficient to truly know whether kids understand. Ranking the various assessment types and how I use these was an interesting reflection particularly since my main focus is Art and Health. I wanted to use the 3 facts and a fib in a health lesson in Year 4 as a different way for assessment. Simple but something different. I do try and work from the outcomes to make sure the students are covering the syllabus but I need to make sure that I am thinking as an assessor and not as an activity designer.
Assessment Informing - Hattie's article was fantastic. I truly agree that tests are aids to enhance teaching and learning and are not a barometer of how much a student knows. There are so many other options and students and teachers need to know when and how it is best to assess learning. it doesn't just have to be at the end of the unit!
Differentiated Assessment - Some very simple ways to change the way we assess. We need to be creative with our thinking and we need to know the curriculum so as we know where the kids need to get to. We want all kids to have success and by differentiating the assessment we are helping them get there.
Workshops in session 2 were very informative in helping with English and Maths. What an eye opener regarding the writing criteria. The reading proforma will be very helpful. It will make us more focused and aware of questions that we are asking the children. Loved the idea of being very specific regarding literal, interpretive and inferential questioning.