Sharing assessment & grading strategies that help students learn
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 itself.
Keeping in mind that assessment is anything that results in getting and/or giving meaningful feedback, no lesson can be at its best if it doesn't include some type of assessment activity. Learning requires the getting and/or giving of feedback.
Teachers then had a conversation in their small groups about how best to weave assessment into the lesson plan they brought with them.
Hopefully, practical conversations like this lead to productive collaboration and an increased use of meaningful assessment. Maybe an activity like this would benefit your faculty?