Assessment as a Part of Learning

Traditional assessment is outdated. Teachers now have the knowledge to incorporate assessment into the process of learning. Traditional  assessment tends to take place at the end of the process of learning and serves to “shake out grades” and to, essentially, tell the student whether or not they learned what they were expected to.  The teacher may have different forms of assessment throughout the term or semester, but that doesn’t mean the student gets anything from the assessment. Incorporating assessment into the learning process may help demonstrate to the students how to take responsibility for their own learning, so that in the future, they may take their knowledge to greater heights. In fact, it may teach students to get in the habit of assessing their own work; an integral skill in the process of learning.

The point of authentic reflections or assessments is to help students apply their growth in knowledge to applicable, real-life situations. This provides the chance to personalize the students’ demonstration of their achievements, so that they do not all have to demonstrate it in the same way. By incorporating multiple styles of assessment, it ensures that every student, no matter their background, has an equal chance of demonstrating their grasp of the topic. Setting up multiple styles of assessment also contributes to making the expectations more clear. This way, if students don’t understand how to demonstrate their understandings in a visual presentation, they may be able to submit a writing assignment that demonstrates they have met all of the expectations. This of course can be reversed.

Traditional assessment does not provide students with the opportunity to participate in the process of assessment. By being able to participate, they have the chance to understand the expectations and to know how they can achieve that level of understanding. It gives students a chance to understand their own learning style; to understand which style of assessment may help them achieve the desired outcomes.

During my placement, I will be looking for varying styles of assessment, and the different benefits it may have for the students. Sharing the process of assessment can get the students involved in their own education beyond memorizing meaningless facts to achieve higher grades. Involving your students will not only help them, but it will help teachers to understand how to create a meaningful, applicable lesson that will stick with their students for years to come.

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