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.
In this situation, it is important that the Teaching Assistant report their concerns to the classteacher. The teacher can then implement strategies or interventions to help the child improve. The teacher may already be aware that the child has difficulties and the report made by the Teaching Assistant will contribute to evidence gathered by the teacher. A concern such as difficulties with reading could have a knock-on effect on their other literacy skills such as writing. It may also highlight underlying difficulties such as dyslexia or learning difficulties.
Keeping records is a very important reflexive tool for both teachers and learners in the educational setting. Accurate records taken throughout a course enables both teacher and students to continually reassess the effectiveness of the teaching/learning relationship by giving an ongoing measure against which to view learning objectives. Records indicate whether pupils have learnt what has been taught and are making sufficient progress with the course; who needs more help or is ready for more extensive work by assessing better or worse progress than expected; and whether teachers need to refine any aspects of their teaching by assessing successes or shortcomings where teaching needs to be strengthened. Attendance data taken on a close protection course gives an idea of where students may fall behind with learning outcomes through non attendance. Identifying non attendance could indicate a problem external to the teaching setting which may benefit from referral to other professionals or could point to students’ dissatisfaction with the teaching style which could be addressed by reassessing the teaching methods used in order to promote more inclusive practice.
Kathy Parker Grand Canyon University: SPE 351 February 1, 2013 The problems associated with assessing students with Intellectual Disability are that the student shows signs and or behaviors. In assessing students a teacher must first understand the disability and all that is contributed to it. Teachers must look at the students’ ability to learn as well as his or her ability to perform daily task such as having the ability to dress them, comb their hair, and interact with others in the same age group as they are. In looking at these factors the teacher looks at a variety of factors such as intelligence scores, questionnaires, and observations in different setting over a period of time. Once this is completed then the teacher is able to assess the student and provide the support that they will need to function in the educational surroundings.
It means that students can take responsibility for some of their own progression. Students can ask themselves what am I learning and how can I do it better. Giving students constructive feedback will allow them to recognise how they can progress and achieve the next step in their learning. Having confidence that all students can improve. Both the teacher and student are involved in the reviewing process and can reflect on the assessment information.
(2005, November). High School Reform and High School Afterschool: A Common Purpose. Retrieved October 25, 2010, from http://www.afterschoolalliance.org This resource has provided me with pertinent information pertaining to high school reform. It gives specific details about high school students and statistics, as well as, describes the challenges faced in educating high school students. The reference also provides some possible approaches to fixing the problems that high schools are dealing with in regards to preparing children for the outside world.
UNIT 2 - Support learning activities 1.1 Describe how a learning support practitioner may contribute to the planning, delivery and review of learning activities. As a teaching assistant you will contribute with the teachers to planning, delivery and review of learning activities. As a teaching assistant time should be made to discuss and review pupils’ work with teachers, this can be formal or informal. Planning, teaching and evaluation follow a cycle which gives structure to the learning process. EVALUATING TEACHING - Supporting the teacher in delivering the plan with a child or group of children.
I would need to know if I will be working on a 1:1 basis or with a group so I can plan accordingly. During the lesson I would be constantly monitoring each student that I am working with to ensure participation and understanding in the tasks set. I would be aware of the desired learning outcome and would be asking questions such as “what have you learnt today?” or “can you tell me one thing you now know after the lesson that you didn’t know before?” After the lesson I would discuss with the teacher what progress has been made and the level of the students engaging and what if anything the students have found particularly easy or difficult. On a termly basis I would feed back any issues that I have found with the students I have worked with, this is done in a meeting form so alternative provisions can be made if
A formativie assessment is a variety of informal and formal assessments measures that are used by teachers during the learning process in order to adapt teaching and learning activities to improve a child’s attainment in school, it is designed to give pupils feedback in order to improve in their learning and help a pupil understand what is expected of them in relation to their educational success and give ideas as to how to develop their work. In order for formative assessment to be effective, there must be a whole school approach which includes teachers in each year group assessing with subject leaders to ensure consistency within year groups in order to maintain high individual pupil progress. Informal/Formative teacher assessments are carried out by teachers throughout the course of their teaching by using assessment
It identifies any weaknesses in a student’s knowledge such as gaps and misconceptions the teacher would normally fail to notice. It will allow the teacher the ability to modify any lessons surrounding these misconceptions. It is very similar to a formative assessment since it allows the teacher to check on the student's progress and understanding. Through these interviews, the teacher can reduce misconceptions in the lessons and promote understanding of the curriculum which will help the student in their following academic