I hope you are settled back into the swing of things. I know I have found it difficult trying to get back into school and motivating myself to complete the last few projects. After being out in the field made me want to start internship right away. I enjoyed every minute of pre-internship, and I can hardly wait for our experience in internship.
I found our entrance slip interesting to reflect back on our experience with assessment. Throughout my experience I notice mainly summative assessment and little formative, and diagnostic. However, when I was able to teach, I tried to develop as much formative and diagnostic assessment within my lessons to be able to monitor student process and to see what they already knew. Another thing that really stood out for me was the lack of assessment in Physical Education. Students normally rated themselves on a scale from 1-5 and that was the mark they received that day. We are taught to provide a variety of assessments through things like exit slips, observations, analyzing etc. It was hard to see the lack of assessment in the Phys. Ed program. I am very excited to start my internship and to continue working on a variety of assessments. This is still one aspect I have a lot to improve on, and wished I had gained a bit more knowledge around while in my pre-internship experience.
What was your experience with assessment at the school you were at? Did you find any challenges? Was there one thing that really stuck out for you in regards to assessment?
I really enjoyed both activities we did in class on Monday. I like the “Big Ideas: self assessment checklist”, this allowed my to self-assess where I am at in regards to different ideas around assessment. Overall, I checked the box “on my way”, I fell more comfortable using the following practices and strategies to improve assessment practices, however there is still improvement needed, and I still need a bit of guidance. Where have you assessed yourself, and what areas do you still feel need improvement?
The other activity was also interesting, and I was expecting to hear more debate around the following items relating to ones philosophy. When combing answers with others in my subject area, we were all relatively the same on what we thought. For the most part we were under either the statement will be part of my assessment practice, or we were unsure at this time. A few things we were certain of included applying fair consequences for academic dishonesty and reassess to determine achievement, provide clear descriptions of achievement expectations, don’t assign grades using inappropriate or unclear performance standards, as well as involving students in their own assessment, don’t leave students out of the grading process since it’s a valuable opportunity for promoting achievement. This was one area in which I learnt to be important this year. Before this year, I never considered allowing students to be involved with their own assessment. I believe this is a great way in allowing students to have voice, and it provides them the opportunity to know what exactly is expected of them.
Even though it was a little difficult hearing the YouTube video’s on Ken O’Connor I would encourage you to take a look at fixing the late homework one which is number 2 if you not yet done so. I found it interesting to listen to the different advice, and it definitely invites one to consider being unsure to applying it to ones assessment practice.
Here is an article I found in regards to summative assessment and only using summative assessment to determine grades.
I am interested to here what you think about this article in particular, and what you think about not using formative assessment for grades, only summative.