Throughout this school year we will be looking at 6 ideas about AFL that stood out after last year as areas for us to continue focusing upon during 2009-2010. Some of these 6 ideas were ones that we as a faculty most embraced. Others of them come from areas about which we had the most questions.
Today we will look at Idea # 1 from the list of 6.
Idea # 1 was:
Assessment and grading are not the same thing.
Try not to get into your mind that AFL means changing or altering the way you grade. AFL means assessing to help students learn. This can be done without grading. However, if you don’t grade well you can negate your AFL efforts.
As a group, watch the following video:
After you watch the video, discuss how the ideas in it relate to the classroom. Specifically, answer as a group the following questions:
1. How does the story in the video relate to the classroom?
2. Describe a time when your grading practices may have caused a student's grade to not reflect the fact that you had caused a student to learn? Or describe a time when this occurred in a class that you were in.
3. What do you do with your grading practices - or what could you do - to make sure that when you get a student to learn the student's grade reflects that learning?
4. How have you experimented with using assessments that give the student feedback but do not necessarily impact the grade or that do not cause the grade to be an inaccurate reflection of learning?
After your group discusses these questions, have at least one person per group type group answers as a reply to this forum.