Assessment is a very large and important component of teaching students. Assessment is used to gather information about students learning. This is something that needs to be implemented in classrooms everyday.
Assessment not only helps the student learn what they are doing, but it also helps them become motivated to learn. When teachers use fun and engaging assessment, students will want to learn. A teacher should also link assessment to the students learning needs. It is the teachers job to associate assessment and practices to students learning needs and styles.
Since students learn in different ways, it is essential to have a variety of assessment practices in the classroom that give students diverse learning experiences. I believe that this will give them the guidance and tools they may need for the future. Some different forms of assessment that I have used are projects like posters, pamphlets, and art work, as well as thumps, up, down, sideways, and writing prompts. I found these had a strong student engagement with all age ranges. They also allow for differentiation and have strong student involvement.
I really enjoy and encourage when students are involved in their classroom assessment. I find that students are more engaged when they are given choice in assignments and marking. By creating these engaging assessments, I think it encourages assessment for learning. Giving positive feedback as well as having the students collect, organize and present their evidence is an effective way to link daily practices with assessment. I think students should be accountable for their own learning.
An article that really spoke to me was written by Thomas Guskey. He explains in this article that to use assessments to improve instruction and student learning, teachers need to change their approach to assessments in three different ways. The first way is to make assessment useful for the students and the teacher. The article explains that this can be done by teachers using clear assessments that the students know. It is the teachers job to give them assessments that will make the students successful. The second way is to follow assessments with corrective instruction. If the students are grasping the concepts of instruction, the teacher then needs to find other methods to engage the students. The third way is to give students second changes to demonstrate their success. A strong belief of mine is that assessments should not be a one time experience. Students should have multiple chances to demonstrate their level of understanding.
In conclusion, assessment is an essential part of teaching and learning. Having variation in assessment strategies that meet the needs of the students is a vastly important concept. There are many options of assessment for teachers to use. My belief is that when you use assessments geared towards students needs, you will have student motivation and engagement.