Chapter 1&2

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 Many players became very withdrawn, and unmotivated, and our level of performance tended to drop.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.


Michelle Sweeting


4 thoughts on “Chapter 1&2

  1. britthaidt

    I agree with you Michelle, I am very excited about this assessment class because I feel so far we have not had a lot of classes that talked about assessment. I found the first two chapters and the 11th chapter very easy to read. The textbook is set up in a way that gives great visuals and a way to connect the words with images which makes it easier for me to understand the concept that the author is explaining.

    Commenting about the self assessment and how students rate themselves I believe that students who are not used to this type of assessment would take advantage of the ability of rating themselves at the higher end or they would not fully understand why you would need to be honest. I think that if the students were introduced to self rating and also had a thorough understanding of what it meant to rate themselves and why it could be an effective measurement. To utilize self rating the teacher must really know their students.

    The articles we read in class were very informative and made me think more deeply about assessment. I also enjoyed the The Bridge Between Today’s Lesson and Tomorrow’s, I agree that number 3 is a very important aspect in assessment because every student learns different, has different needs, and to be a good teacher a teacher should be making adaptations and changes to what is expected, or how something is organized, outlined, and instructed for all learners.

    I was worried at first that reading about assessment would be boring but once starting chapters 1 and 2 I realized that it was something that I could easily read and understand.
    My favorite explanation about assessment and evaluation is the parachute example. It really does make me think about when assessment occurs and how important assessment is.

    What were your favorite examples from the text?

    – Brittany Haidt


    1. chelle10 Post author

      I agree, the chapter were a very easy read! I also agree around your comment about self-assessment and the importance of making sure the students understand the process. I believe that it is important to start self-assessments at a young age so they have a deeper understanding around the effectiveness.
      I loved the parachute example as well. It really does make us stop and think about when assessment occurs and how important it is. My favorite example would also be to piggy back on the “packing a parachute”. In chapter one when they were explaining the progress of the three students. I found it so interesting and very true how we can have one student who starts out strong, but can tail off in the end with their learning. Then we have another student who is all over the place either does really well, or not well at all, they just maintain their level. However, its interesting how student number three starts off at a low level, but is able to make progress by the end of the semester. This really makes us stop and think when is it best to assess and evaluate. The importance of when we evaluate and assess will impact the student greatly. I believe we need to be aware of when it is the right time to assess and evaluate.
      Just to touch base with chapter 2 a bit more, what kind of feedback do you find the most productive for students? And whats one positive experience, or negative experience on feedback that you have been given?


  2. britthaidt

    Great comments Michelle. In regards to chapter 2 and the type of feedback that I find the most productive for students is when a student is given feedback that tells them where they went wrong, is explained to where they may need to look deeper into something and explain themselves more in writing. As physical education is both of our backgrounds I believe that feedback is a extremely important in this area of study also. Relating what the text said in chapter 2 to physical education I feel it is extremely important for students to have descriptive and specific feedback so they know what they are doing good and can continue doing so, and what they may be having difficulty with and need to change. As a future teacher I also really liked the comment made on the very first page of chapter two about “students and teachers can be engaged in assessment for learning when everyone: – knows that mistakes are essential for learning, understands feedback, takes time to learn, and recognizes that success has many different looks”. I think it is important to set up your classroom and teaching styles so that the type of environments where feedback is normal, understood, and mistakes are welcomed is present.
    As to your comment on your question to me. A negative experience that I have had with feedback is when I was younger and playing baseball my coach would just get mad at myself and the team whenever we “screwed up” but yet we were never given an explanation as to what we did wrong, or what we could change. From this experience though I have remembered that whenever I am coaching or teaching that not explaining the feedback that I am giving to the students is not helpful. I believe that as a teacher it is our responsibilities to help everyone be successful or to learn from their mistakes so they can become better. I believe that learning about assessment and evaluation is very crucial and important because it plays a huge part of what teachers do daily.
    What is an experience that you have learned from that is helping you develop as a teacher?


    1. chelle10 Post author

      Thanks Brittany, I loved hearing about your experience. I agree that its frustrating when someone is upset with us for “screwing up” but they don’t explain why and how we can improve to fix it. I agree we play a huge role in providing students with feedback that will help them become successful. We all make mistakes and it is important that others know its ok and we can’t judge one another for it.
      One experience that I have learned from as a developing teaching in regards to assessment is that in my old school we were all assessed the same, and their was no options to cater for different styles of learning. One thing I have taken away is being able to give the options to students in how they may want to represent a project or assignment. This allows students to get creative and demonstrate their knowledge to the best they can. I believe that it is important to get to know our students and help find different ways in assessing their learning. In my old school you either got it or you didn’t, and if you didn’t get it, teachers made no efforts in trying different ways. The strategies used in the classroom was very much the same every day, and little strategies were used in meeting the needs of all students.
      My goal is to go back to a rural community and change the way this is structured. I want to work hard in developing ways in assessing all students and meet their needs in which they can find success with their learning.



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