"Why should teachers be asked to learn the language of measurement people? Instead we, measurement people should learn how to speak in the language of learning and teaching!" - John Hattie - We aren't using assessments correctly.
Prayer - I wanted to add a side note here about how fantastic the morning prayer was, I loved how it linked directly to the protocols as it provided us an opportunity to put everything that's distracting us down onto the 'iphone' and really focus on the 'king'. I thought this was great!
Differentiated Assessments: Why and How? WARNING WARNING HATTIE HATES BLOOM!
Peardeck is the coolest thing ever, I know this wasn't what I was supposed to take from this sessions but WOW! I have not been shown an online resource this fantastic since the first time I was exposed to God's gift of Kahoot! Such a fun and engaging program, I enjoyed this session the most due to this app (and the way the fabulous Sam engaged us all of course). I liked how this session allowed us to personally reflect on the ways we differentiate, a lot of us realised that our teaching was differentiated but our assessment wasn't! It seems to be such an obvious thing to be doing but i never really put as much focus into it as I clearly should be! This session showcased an array of EASY ways to differentiate through the Maker Model- modify : content,process, environment, product whilst maintaining the focus just changing the other aspects.Interesting how simple language modifications can extend students such as show - evaluate etc.
Assessment Design using curriculum: Paper of the Gods.
For a solid three minutes of this session I spent mesmerised by this paper, 10/10 would recommend to all paper users, invest in some. I loved this session! This was such an eyeopener I realised that I tend to fall more into the 'activity designer' category rather than the 'assessor' category. I find I spend so much time focusing on making engaging fun/interesting lessons that I don't put enough time into cultivating tasks which reveal and distinguish those who really understand from those who seemed to. This was an eye opener and as discussed is something that I intend on changing, I want to find a perfect mixture of both! I also noticed that I tend to use assessment really well as pre-assessment and summative assessment however my formative assessment as learning really struggles, not because i don't know ways to but just that I need put enough time into ensuring that it is occurring, however after this SDD i will be focusing on this for the rest of the term. Which will also in turn make me more of an assessor rather than activity designer! have a fantastic bank of activities on fantastic paper to start incorporating! Today I tried four corners! They loved it and I got to see where they were at which was awesome!
Assessment Design using curriculum
What really resonated with me from this session was the fact that we as teachers do not own the assessment, the assessment is for the students, if we aren't using it for them to help them and if they don't know how it can help them, then all we all left with is useless data! It is theirs! We make it theirs by engaging in the assessment with them through success criteria, timely feedback and goal setting.
As this was my first official staff development day I was excited to see how the day and the sessions would work, more so how I would be able to focus for an extensive amount of time. Lucky for us that Mel Miles made that table so i was able to condense my long notes into simple dot points (that have really helped focus this reflection). Unfortunately for me I did not read the page carefully and wrote my notes under all different subheading....one jobe victoria.. one job. Regardless I found this a really informative day, I have taken a lot from it and intend on incorporating new assessment methods into my classroom.