Aim 1

TP Competence

Monitoring and Assessment

Aim one

Use various types of assessments and different strategies to assess the students formally.

Rationale

         An assessment is very important for teachers and students as well. It helps the teacher to demonstrate whether or not the goals are being met. In addition, assessment encourages teachers to ask questions to know students’ weakness and strengths and to determine what the next step will be.  Formative assessment provides the teacher with instant feedback that she can take in order to enhance her/his teaching. The assessment also provides students with good knowledge where the teacher can revisit topics addressed earlier in the curriculum.

I need to improve my assessment skills and use different strategies to assess the students that are different from those that my MST uses. This will help me to understand the teaching process better, which was a comment made by  last MST. She commented that I need to improve my assessment, skills and methods in order to help the students understand the learning outcomes better. Additionally, assessment can help the students learn better, according to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing “ high quality formative assessment does have a powerful impact on student learning”. (The value of formative assessment, n.d) Therefore, it will help me to become a better teacher. Furthermore, a teacher needs a good and professional judgment of students’ status so she can decide where to go next “Teaching requires deep knowledge of how children learn differently and a sophisticated repertoire of skills deployed through professional judgment.” (Hammond & Hyler, 2015)

        As a result, of using informal assessment strategies, for example, checklist. A checklist as an assessment approach to specific skills, behaviors, or characters of individual students or all the students in the classroom as Key Burke describes it in her book Balanced assessment from formative to summative (2010).  She also advises that teachers use assessment checklists for formative assessments by focusing on specific outcomes, social performance, writing, and speaking skills. So by using a checklist strategy, I will gain a better understanding of the teaching process and assess students differently. Therefore, it will help me improve my planning because my assessment findings will guide the outcomes in my lesson plans.

Strategies

To achieve my aim I need to:

  • Use self- assessment strategy where I can ask the students to assess their work and how they feel about their performance. I will bring three different colors of highlighters and paste happy face, sad face and plane face on them.  For example, when a student likes his/her work and thinks he/she did well can make a small dot on the top of the paper.
  • Include technology in my assessment techniques such as interactive PowerPoint that assess specific outcomes which students can do such individually such as matching games or puzzles. 
  • Create a small and simple e-portfolio for each student when they are assessed on the computer. For example, capture the screen when a student is done from the activity to show the student’s progress. 
  • Use the checklist assessment that is provided by the school.

Evaluation

          During my teaching practice, I implemented the four strategies I mentioned in my plan. The implementation of theses strategies was very productive and these strategies helped me to develop my assessment skills and   enhance the assessment process in my classroom.  This provides a better competitive learning environment for the students, as each learner is doing his/her best to get an upper self-esteem image   and feel proud of what she/he does. For example, students themselves are trying to do better in their tasks so they can use the happy face assessment highlighter to express their opinion about their own work. From my student teaching, I have learned that a teacher can use more than only one assessment technique to understand how well the students understand the lessons’ learning outcomes or whether they achieve the task’s goal or not. As I review my Mentor College Teacher (MCT), I noticed that I have grown in this area as my MCT mentioned in a literacy lesson feedback “ Kareema uses a variety of assessment strategies and uses self assessment techniques effectively, ensuring children understand their assessment” (Appendix1) Moreover, it was very useful to involve the students’ in their assessment so they can get a better perspective of the evaluation and reflect the concept in the early years.

Evidence 

  •  Teachers’ (EMT and AMT) comments on the new techniques I used and its effectiveness on the learning and teaching process.
  • · The e-portfolio
  • ·Samples of the students’ works
  • ·Observations
  •  Reflective journals after implementing new techniques and evaluate the new techniques and either improve it or use a new one. (Decide whether it was successful or failed)
  • My lesson plans

 

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