Last year our school spent an entire year looking at AFL, at what it means, at how it can be applied to our classrooms, and at what impact it will have on our teaching and grading practices. At the end of the year there were 6 main ideas that stood out 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.
For our inservice time on September 3, the SHS faculty has been divided into small groups. Each group will discuss Idea # 1 from the list of 6. Then each group needs to reply to this discussion and share a synopisis of what was talked about in the group.
What thoughts did you have that would be worth sharing with the rest of the faculty? Have you learned something about this idea or applied it in some way in your classroom? Do you have plans for implementing this idea into your classroom practices this coming year?
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.
You need to be a member of The Assessment Network to add comments!
Hilda, Bev and Debbie
-You can assess students without giving a grade (whole-class questioning, exit ticket, check-ups).
-AFL is as much for the student as it is for the teacher.
-The idea of a pre-test, post-test could change perspective on grades.
-Our group understands the difference between AFL and grading practices, but we also agree that a teacher who is devoted to AFL practices will naturally begin to reevaluate grading practices!
We talked about assigning fewer points for the initial (writing) assignment, and allowing students to earn more points as the the year proceeds and they can demonstrate skill mastery. So, I guess it's a question of weighing grades...to the point that I am going to count the summer reading journals for IB English as worth very few points...as a means of assessing skill level and working from there with students.