Unit 4 - Assessment for learning and lesson pacing

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The unit introduces how to find out what your pupils have learnt, and where they need more help, allowing you to use lesson time effectively whilst making sure that your pupils are making continued progress.

In detail the unit covers

  • using an assessment inventory as a self-assessment measure,
  • sharing learning objectives and success criteria,
  • summative feedback,
  • formative feedback, and
  • peer assessment.
4.1 - Introduction to Assessment for Learning
In this session you will learn about:
  • using an assessment inventory as a self-assessment measure
  • using Traffic Lights as a tool in AfL
  • the concept of ‘Assessment’ vs ‘Assessment for Learning’
  • Assessment for Learning as 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 next,
    • and how best to get there.
To meet the learning intentions you will:
  • keep a record of the assessment methods that you have used on your assessment inventory
  • come up with ways that Traffic Lights can be used to help with the review of progress that is part of AfL
  • watch an introductory video on AfL and draw out the important points for discussion
  • watch a powerpoint presentation on AfL, pausing for reflection and to think about how interactive teaching techniques can help with the application of AfL in the classroom
In this session you will continue consolidating the ICT skills you have learnt so far, and apply them in the classroom. You will be able to apply AfL techniques in conjunction with ICT classroom use as well.
4.2 - Learning objectives and success criteria
In this session you will learn about:
  • using an assessment inventory as a self-assessment measure
  • two AfL strategies that improve students metacognition and lead to better learning: sharing learning objectives and sharing success criteria
  • writing/forming learning objectives and success criteria
  • activities covered in previous sessions that can be adapted for AfL e.g. magic microphone, concept mapping, talking points
To meet the learning intentions you will:
  • keep a record of the assessment methods that you have used on your assessment inventory
  • listen to some Zambian teachers' experience of sharing learning objectives and think about the pros and cons of doing so
  • understand the need for sharing learning objectives and sharing success criteria by completing an activity to illustrate this
  • plan to write learning objectives and success criteria
  • revisit activities covered in previous sessions and think about ways of adapting them for use with AfL
In this session you will continue consolidating the ICT skills you have learnt so far, and apply them in the classroom. You will be able to apply AfL techniques in conjunction with ICT classroom use as well.
4.3 - Formative feedback
In this session you will learn about:
  • using an assessment inventory as a self-assessment measure
  • two types of feedback (summative feedback and formative feedback) and their use in AfL
  • how to give formative feedback
To meet the learning intentions you will:
  • keep a record of the assessment methods that you have used on your assessment inventory
  • watch videos of formative and summative feedback in action and draw out the salient points
  • read about the differences between summative and formative feedback
  • role play giving and receiving formative feedback
In this session you will continue consolidating the ICT skills

you have learnt so far, and apply them in the classroom. You will be able to apply AfL techniques in conjunction with ICT classroom use as well.

4.4 - Peer and self-assessment
In this session you will learn about:
  • peer and self-assessment as AfL methods that promote independent learning, communication and support in the classroom
  • combining the use of two self-assessment measures - inventory and traffic lights
  • strategies for peer and self-assessment such as two stars and a wish/thinking hats/checklist
To meet the learning intentions you will:
  • give examples of how you could use inventory and traffic lights in the classroom
  • read about peer and self-assessment and formulate your ideas during discussion
  • peer assess each others homework
  • role play peer assessment between students working at different paces
  • try out some strategies for peer and self-assessment in the classroom
In this session you will continue consolidating the ICT skills

you have learnt so far, and apply them in the classroom. You will be able to apply AfL techniques in conjunction with ICT classroom use as well.

4.5 - Review of AfL and lesson pacing
In this session you will learn about:
  • self assessment and review as a way of consolidating learning about AfL
  • ways to ensure lessons are paced appropriately and adapted to learners' needs
To meet the learning intentions you will:
  • complete a review document about what has been learnt and tried out for AfL
  • watch two videos and analyse the pace of the lesson shown
In this session you will continue consolidating the ICT skills

you have learnt so far, and apply them in the classroom. You will be able to apply AfL techniques in conjunction with ICT classroom use as well.