How do we assess our students? do we assess their knowledge or skills or their understandings, ..etc. which in your opinion is more important? are you with or against standardized tests? do you know how they affect the students ? and do they really assess the student level? these some of the questions that i used to think about and sometimes still reflect on.
4 years ago , i used to think that assessments are only just to know the students achievement level and it should be done in one and only one right way and that’s all! but I was totally mistaken.
There are three types of assessments:
- assessments before the learning (Diagnostic assessments)
- assessments for learning ( Formative assessments)
- assessments after the learning (Summative assessments)
all of these assessments can be differentiated according to the student , put the end in mind and alter the way you want the student to reach it.
Can help you know the students level either in content , their skills and capabilities.
this can be done either by self-assessments or responding to questions,…etc.
Formative assessment will help you in providing feedback feedback and information during the learning process itself , so you would have time for reflection and recap.
this could be done either through observations in classroom , taking anecdotal notes, answering questions either verbally or written , reflection journals or in-class activities,online formative as you can use different web tools for assessments like on the spot you could use Quizizz for making online fun assessments , also Quizlet is a really easy to use you could make flash cards , spellers, test and games.
you could use different tools as the formative assessment is a tool in itself to determine whether the student is on track which can be altered , it would even help you when chunking the inputs you know about the students progress and not to be surprised at the end of the theme!
Summative assessments takes place after the learning has been completed and provides information and feedback that sums up the teaching and learning process.
everything should be set and rubrics should be developed according to a set of objectives that are reached. and these rubrics are designed to be easily used and understood.
The summative assessments can come into different forms , either it could be a group of formative s all together , a project , performance or evaluation.
. Hanna and Dettmer (2004) suggest that you should strive to develop a range of assessments strategies that match all aspects of their instructional plans. Instead of trying to differentiate between formative and summative assessments it may be more beneficial to begin planning assessment strategies to match instructional goals and objectives at the beginning of the semester and implement them throughout the entire instructional experience.
a good resource is understanding by design by Jay Mctighe it would help you a lot of setting the requirements and the objectives from the beginning.
so at the end assessments are not torture tools, they are helping tools but we have to use them effectively and efficiently to reach our mean and we can’t forget to add the fun element to it .