Week 11 Breadcrumbs

    By Louie

    Hey everyone,

    This week I focused on teacher-made assessment strategies (Chapter 11).  The chapter gave a good refresher by going over what assessments are and the various types, before giving the steps for making “assessments.”  Below are the steps paraphrased.

    1.) Having clear instructional goals and communicating them to students: We have to think about the goals of each of our lessons and units, and align assessments to them.

    2.) Selecting appropriate assessment techniques:  Selecting the type of  assessment that best-tests the goals *important to take the developmental level of the students into consideration*  

    3.) Using assessment to enhance motivation and confidence:  Basically give constructive feedback, positive whenever possible to boost motivation and confidence.  

    4.) Adjusting instruction based on information: Analyzing the data in order to create more effective assessments.  Make assessments responsive, to guide the instruction and better future assessments.

    5.) Communicating with parents and guardians: Communicate with parents regularly to avoid problems regarding their children's performance. This may involve explaining the types of assessments you have students do and why, and reviewing their child’s progress.  

    I like to think of assessments like I do instructional methods; it’s always better to differentiate.  Relying on one type of assessment cannot cater to all learners, similarly to how we must use various instructional strategies to engage every student.  Students learn and test differently, and how we teach must take that into consideration.


    Do you guys think that differentiation is usually focused on instruction? Why?

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

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