In my first formative assessment I came up with a unique idea for an end of unit assessment, which I believe is unique, individualized and highly inquiry based. That being said I have taken a shift in my planning for my formative assessment away from a specialized assessment for a specific unit, and rather towards … Continue reading True Formative Assessment leads to True Education
Revisiting the Formative Assessment Checklist this week has given me a chance to reflect on some of my work. I added some content and details to some of my questions, and actually ended up changing one of my questions to focus on feedback, and a more holistic understanding/approach to formative assessments. You can find my … Continue reading Formative Assessment Checklist 2.0
Exam While reflecting on assessment I want to look at an “assessment genre” that is very commonly used in the UK, where I am teaching now, and is now going to be a large part of my professional practice, this genre is the end of unit exam. This is used in many different subjects in … Continue reading How effective are end of unit exams?
I have been exploring the importance of assessment, and more specifically the importance of formative assessments. With this exploration I have started to create a checklist to judge whether an assessment is summative or formative. This should be obvious, most think, but these simple questions and examples help to clarify any confusion you may have … Continue reading Formative Assessment Checklist
As the new school year is underway, I’m teaching at a new school, I’m teaching in a new system (Hello UK system), and I’ve been starting my class on Electronic assessment, with all of this going on it is fair to say that assessment’s in a general, and specific, form have been on my mind. … Continue reading Formative Assessment Design 1.0
This week I am looking at some of the theory behind and involved in assessments, in a variety of ways, and it has me reflecting on my own practice. So as an exercise I have taken a recently used assessment I did (linked at the bottom of this blog) and will go through it and … Continue reading Assessing my own Assessment!
As the school year comes to a start I am thinking about everyones favorite topic... ASSESSMENTS... Assessments are often misunderstood, and therefore hated by all parties involved. Students hate taking assessments because of high stress and feeling assessments are unfair, teachers feel the need to "teach to the test" as they are often assessed by … Continue reading Three Things I Believe about Assessment
This week rather than focusing on answers, I read A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger and explored how questioning was essential to improvement in any area you are focusing on. I explored the various types of questions, and then selected a wicked problem associated to education and explored this with a group. This was … Continue reading Questioning For Life
Over the past few weeks I have been working with a partner on rethinking teaching. This has been an extremely fun and important task we have been doing. We took the wicked problem of Rethinking Teaching and shifted it into a few more managable beautiful questions that we then researched and discovered a few great … Continue reading Wicked Problem Group Work
The past few weeks I have been exploring teaching, and how we could rethink teaching to better suit the 21st century educational experience. Is the current method of teaching truly preparing students for the 21st century job market, and the life they will experience. This is a huge topic and I wanted to come up … Continue reading How prepared are we?