Chapter 5 and 6 “Making Classroom Assessment Work”

Chapter 5– In Chapter 5 we look at a process called triangulation. It consists of observing of process, conversations with students about learning, and collection of products that the students create. To observe learning it is a lot easier to do for students who like to learn by doing rather than for example writing out their products. For my subject area of Business Education, I can relate to observing in a positive way as many of our subjects allow for the students to show their learning by doing (for example keyboarding, career and work activities, and entrepreneurship activities), so we have a lot of opportunities to observe. Collecting products involves teachers collecting the students work such as projects, assignments, notebooks, and tests. I think that involving choice in the way a certain project can be done such as writing it out or showing me how its done, is an effective way to show how my students learn and how they like to represent what they know. Lastly allowing students to think about their learning can lead to conversations about what they have done and how they have represented what they have learned. Self-assessment can help the students learn more and we can find out what their strengths and weaknesses were in that project and how they think they can improve their learning in the future.

Chapter 6– In this chapter it states that “frequent self-assessment ensures the focus stays on learning”, so one question that I have is “How often should we allow the student’s to self assess their work?” . Self assessment is a great way for teachers to listen to their students understandings and use those understandings to guide their lessons. Criteria is important to students, so allowing them to be apart of co-constructing the criteria can help them feel a sense of ownership with the criteria. Receiving descriptive feedback from their teachers and others can help the students to learn more. Allowing them to see examples of what is right is another way for the student to succeed and aim for the best in their work. Lastly, having the students set goals for how they want to learn and what they want to achieve is a good way to help them receive feedback on these goals and allows them to self-assess themselves in how they are completing these goals.

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