I am really looking forward to this class in gaining more knowledge and a deeper understanding around assessment in the classroom. I really enjoy the Anne Davies text on Making Classroom Assessment Work. In chapter 1, I was able to differentiate between assessment and evaluation. Assessment is gathering information about students learning and it helps to inform teachers on what students need more of. Evaluation is where we recognize what students have learned and how well they have learned it. At my table, our group discussed a bit about self-assessment and how beneficial it really is. We discussed that self-assessment isn’t always used in a proper manner. For example, we question whether students are really understanding the process, or whether they just want a high mark.
In the article, The Bridge Between Today’s Lesson and Tomorrow’s explains how formative assessment can improve both teaching and learning if you follow the 10 principles. The principle I liked the most was number 3, make room for student differences. Being an Inclusive Ed minor I really believe in making the effort to build some flexibility into formative assessment to meet the needs of all students. I agree with the article where it says it is wise to allow students some latitude in how they express what they know, understand, and can do. As teachers I believe it is important to get to know our students and provide some students with different options. For example, we may allow one student to write a paper, and another student to make a video.
When reading chapter 2, I was able to reflect on my own personal experiences in regards to feedback. I grew up having my dad as my coach throughout all of my fastball career. He took an approach called the “sandwich approach”. This approach includes providing a positive, negative, then positive structure of feedback. Through out my university volleyball career we were mostly given negative feedback and little positive. This did not help us in succeeding. Many players became very withdrawn, and unmotivated, and our level of performance tended to drop. I believe that giving individuals positive feedback allows one to build motivation and confidence.