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Sharing assessment & grading strategies that help students learn

  • What is the purpose of ASSESSING students?
  • Why do you ASSESS them?
  • What are you trying to accomplish with your ASSESSMENTS?

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To make sure they are learning the material and to understand what we need to go back over so they comprehend the material.
I try to teach students in college prep classes what to expect in college and how to study independently.  But I would like to be able to include more formative assessments I design and at times I choose rather than wasting time on benchmarks when I already know most of what they know.
My purpose for assessment is to direct my next teaching strategy.   I have to know what knowledge my students have acquired first.  I give students more than one chance to "get it" before I can move on.
to check for understanding and to guide further instruction
As CTE Instructors,  assessments are to make sure that the students not only understand the terminology but also know how to perform the task. Therefore,  we have to make two assessments.
To asses the learning.
As a chorus teacher, I never go more than two or three minutes without assessing my students.  Everything we accomplish in concert is built on a foundation of continual assessment.  The issue I see is the difference between assessment and grading.  Sometimes it can even seem that the two are in conflict.


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