By explaining to students what the learning objectives are provides an aim. Assessment for learning allows students to see how they are progressing. A good assessment will show students where they are at and what further learning they need to achieve. Another characteristic of assessment for learning is self assessment. It means that students can take responsibility for some of their own progression.
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.
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. Assessment on the course forms an ongoing weekly record of how students are grasping lesson plan objectives and provides valuable feedback for both students and myself as their trainer. Monitoring student achievements, skills, abilities and progress through ongoing assessment, tracks their progress with feedback given to confirm that learning objectives have been met. Assessment also enables identification of any special needs that require more attention through setting targets for improvement in order to progress more effectively with the course. Recording special needs allows for assessment of the effectiveness of interventions implemented and gives students a measure of appropriate progress towards
2. Facilitation of Learning Use knowledge of the student’s stage of learning to select appropriate learning opportunities to meet their individual needs. Facilitate selection of appropriate learning strategies to integrate learning from practice and academic experiences. Support students in critically reflecting upon their learning experiences in order to enhance future learning. 3.
SPE 226 Educating the Exceptional Learner Benchmark Assessment Targeted Essential Learning Effective teachers implement lesson plans that utilize diversified strategies to meet the learning needs of students with varying degrees of cognitive abilities. Effective teachers are able to adapt instruction based on learner needs. (APTS 3, 9; INTASC 2; CEC 4, 7) Assessment Tool Selected Project a) Accommodations and Modification of Lesson Plan b) Report - Reflective Analysis Specific Performance/Task(s) • Implement lesson plans. (APTS 3.1) • Select and utilize best practice implementation strategies appropriate to different developmental levels. (APTS 3.7) • Implement differentiated strategies that address diverse learners.
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.
Spending time going through the learning activities and seeing how children have responded to a certain task or question, can really help change it for future activities. It is also important to look back at the learning objects so you can measure what the children have learned. It is important to have clear objectives at the planning stage, in order to evaluate whether pupils have achieved them after the lesson. If children have rushed through the activity and then looked bored then it would be obvious that the task was a bit too easy and not really suitable or beneficial for that group. Therefore you would need to try and make it more engaging and stimulating, perhaps by making it more difficult or time-consuming so the students really have to work to complete it.
So any learning plan for this student would be centred around this goal, especially self-directed learning and placement provision. Specific learning needs can be identified and then addressed by the teacher, for example different coloured handouts for a dyslexic student, or by student support, for example a sign language interpretor in the class for a deaf learner. Prior to my lessons, I speak to the students' course tutor about any student individual needs that I need to be aware of and whether my chosen resources are appropriate for the students that I will be teaching. Prior knowledge and skills can be built upon with the ILP, which can help target areas for extra learning, such as specific or embedded numeracy skills, and develop areas of strength for the student, for example knowledge of local and government policy within Health and Social Care. Reece & Walker (2006) state that a focus on retention rates is increasing, so identifying the needs of learners prior to a course beginning will help the college to assess which students are likely to be able to complete the course.
When assessing learning it is important to have an understanding of initial assessment, formative assessment and summative assessment. Initial assessment is about finding out the learner’s needs and particular learning requirements which should be done prior to the programme commencing to see if any support and guidance is required. It also involves ascertaining the learner’s particular learning styles, competence as well as gaining information on the learner’s prior knowledge and misconceptions through diagnostic assessments. It may also be beneficial to find out why the learner wants to take the course. Skills scans can be used to measure the skill level of the learner both vocationally and for employability.
Social Cognitive * Affective learning processes Self regulated learning tends to be influenced by an individual’s emotions, behaviors, and their cognitive processing (Schunk & Zimmerman, 1997). This is a process that will orient the individual in achieving their goals by self generating (Schunk & Zimmerman, 1997). Schunk and Zimmerman (1997) stated that the self regulated learning process can also be considered as an academic self regulation process which has been studied over the years throughout different classrooms. The students taking the course learn how to use motivation, cognition, and behavior to improve their learning skills. These students who use motivational beliefs also utilize more self regulation learning skills (Schunk & Zimmerman, 1997).