Formative Assessment in tracking learner progress Formative assessment (assessment for learning) is engaged during a course or programme. This is the type of assessment used and it allows teachers to adjust targets and objectives to suit the student until they develop skills and become more confident. Formative assessment is usually informal (Formative informal) and can take place at any time during the teaching and learning process. Feedback from formative assessment will be beneficial to both student and teacher as it not only allows the student to recognize their success and look at areas for development but it allows the teacher to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching and look to improve on future sessions. Formative assessment is often seen as being motivational as it can be seen as a review rather than an assessment.
1.3 Explain the characteristics of assessment for learning 1.4 Explain the importance and benefits of assessment for learning 1.5 Explain how assessment for learning can contribute to planning for future learning carried out by: a) the teacher b) the learners c) the learning support practitioner A description from the Assessment Reform Group “Assessment for Learning is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there” (2002) Characteristics of Assessment for Learning Assessment for learning is part of the teaching and learning process. It is essential for achieving a quality and productive teaching and learning experience. Providing the students with their WALT’s – We are learning today and WILF’s – What I’m looking for….. is a strategy that allows teachers to share the learning goals with students. Sharing learning goals with pupils will enable the student to get involved in their progress. By explaining to students what the learning objectives are provides an aim.
NAEYC Codes of Ethics Core Values *Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life. Appreciating childhood could affect teaching in the classroom because you would know how to teach them better. I think that you would also be able to come up with more developmentally appropriate activities for the children. *Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn. By basing knowledge on how children develop and learn, it can help make more developmentally appropriate activities.
Assessments are a crucial part of education and there is a need to measure where student are at in order to adjust curriculum and motivation. This needs to be done carefully and with very high consideration of the student’s emotional well-being. Rewards systems and positive reinforcement are crucial to creating a supportive environment that students want to be present in. * Nurturing- Creating a love for learning will make learning easier. Finding ways to make the material fun, engaging, and easy to comprehend will nurture a love of learning.
Teachers who truly value the family’s role in a child’s education, and recognize how much they can accomplish by working with families, can build a true partnership (Dodge, Colker, and Heroman, 2002, pg. 211). The curriculum is based around the theories of: Abraham Maslow (basic needs and learning), Jean Piaget (logical thinking and reasoning), Lev Vygotsky (social interaction and learning), Howard Gardner (multiple intelligences), and Sara Smilansky (play and learning). These theorist help mold the foundation for the curriculum that is used in many classrooms today. The Creative Curriculum enhances social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development.
3. Assessment and accountability Foster professional growth, personal development and accountability through support of students in practice. Demonstrate a breadth of understanding of assessment strategies and the ability to contribute to the total assessment process as part of the teaching team. Provide constructive feedback to students and assist them in identifying future learning needs and actions. Manage failing students so that they may either enhance their performance and capabilities for safe and effective practice or be able to understand their failure and their implications of this for their future.
The key strategic purpose of the teachers is to prepare lessons to impart information and make them as interesting as possible to keep children engaged and to promote learning by leading discussion and encourage participation. They must ensure the classroom environment is supportive for all learners. Teachers should prepare homework and assignments to assess learner’s progress and feed that back to both students and families. Support staff roles refers to any school employee allocated to assist administrators, teachers etc. to address special needs within the school.
ENABLING AND ASSESSING LEARNING The importance of assessment Assessment in their numerous forms are vital elements in the learning process. Assessment is typically used to obtain information and used appropriately, the variety of assessment methods and tools will identify the level at which the learner is starting out on their educational journey. They support the teacher in evaluating teaching methods and help in identifying that learning has taken place. Meaningful assessment tools also recognise gaps in learning to enable adaptation in materials to better meet the needs of the student. The different forms of assessment lend themselves to supporting this process.
The culturally responsive classroom “specifically acknowledges the presence of culturally diverse students and the need for these students to find connections among themselves and with the subject matter and the tasks the teacher asks them to perform” by using instructional strategies which, place students into “cooperative learning groups, [an environment wherein] culturally familiar speech and events [are discussed], [and] wait time for students from CLD backgrounds [is] adjusted to enhance classroom participation and development of critical thinking skills.” (Brown, p.60,
Assignment - Module ES537 Classroom Mediation Skills 2010-2011 Introduction My chosen topic for this assignment is “Behaviour for Learning – promoting a positive classroom climate for learning”. I have chosen this as my subject firstly because I truly believe that a properly established classroom environment facilitates and encourages participative learning through understanding and motivation. The classroom can be modelled into a centre of learning and development by the introduction of critical elements that promote Teacher and Pupil interaction and develop respect and understanding of individual objectives. The following are examples of characteristics I believe to be necessary for the development of such a climate where behaviour for learning is the focus of all. 1) Establish rules for the Group that create an atmosphere for learning and address issues before they develop.