For today's staff development activity, SHS faculty members will be analyzing an example of AFL and determining how the example could be applied to their classrooms. Teachers not from SHS are welcome to join in the discussion.
Please watch the following short video:
After watching the video talk about it with the other teachers in your group. (Your group should consist of teachers who teach approximately the same course as you do.) You might choose to discuss some of the AFL elements in her idea. These would include:
1. The teacher gets a feel for how students believe they are doing and knows whether or not students need special attention or whether or not the class needs additional instruction before the test.
2. Students have an opportunity to assess/rate how well they are doing. They realize that the grade on this assessment will not hurt them because they can redo it. This frees them up to do their best without the pressure of a grade.
3. Students use feedback from GPS to guide their studies as they decide whether or not they need to retake it and if so what they need to study.
4. The name GPS gives students a vision for the purpose of assessment feedback - feedback (the grade) exists so that students can find out where they are and figure out how to get on the right path.
5. This idea fits in with the 6th of the 6 Key AFL ideas - students need to know what they need to know so they know if they know it.
Answer the following question by replying to this forum discussion:
How could you apply Beth Moody's GPS idea to your own classroom?
If you have questions about Beth Moody's GPS idea, please feel free to contact her via email by clicking on this link.