Sharing assessment & grading strategies that help students learn
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Which do you care about more - Learning or Grading?
Educators always answer that question with Learning. And if you've spent much time on The Assessment Network, you know that our focus is to help educators use assessment FOR the purpose of learning - rather than to help ecucators figure out new grading systems.
So while our goal is to explore best practices related to assessment so we can increase learning, the reality is that in order to do so we must spend some amount of…Continue
As educators we definitely care more about Learning than we care about Grading. So it tends to frustrate us when our students seem to only care about getting a Grade.
Do you ever wish you could redirect your students' focus to learning? While it's not easy to do so, it's also not impossible. Since most students will not unilaterally change their focus, we have to make sure that:
At our 1/10/18 faculty meeting, teachers were asked to bring a recent and typical lesson plan with them. Meeting in groups of 3 or 4, teachers shared the details of the lesson plans with each other.
Then a few thoughts were shared with the entire group about the relationship between Assessment and Pedagogy. Sometimes we think of assessment as what happens after the pedagogy occurs. The faculty was encouraged to think of assessment as part of the pedagogy…Continue
If you've spent much time on this Network you are well aware that we promote the use of formative assessment - or Assessment FOR Learning. Formative assessments are often compared/contrasted with summative assessments. Typically, educators use the term "formative assessment" to refer to smaller checks for understanding and use the term "summative assessment" to refer to more larger assessments…Continue
Followers of this site know by now that Assessment FOR Learning is way more important than Assessment OF Learning. In order to make sure our assessment and our feedback increase student learning, we need to communicate and assess in a standards based manner.
Many schools and school systems have begun their Assessment Journeys by focusing on Standards Based Grading Policies.…Continue