Better teaching: Assessment for Learning
The test is not the end point; it is merely a pit-stop or feeding station on the journey to better understand the topic.
|AfL: Assessment for learning (as opposed to the current approact: assessment for burning)|
|Contrasts Assessment of Learning with Assessment for Learning.||From annedavies.com.|
|Formative use of Summative Tests: Marking||Blogpost from headteacherguru Tom Sherrington|
|Webpage of What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment||Table of contents to an online book by Laura Greenstein. From ascd.org|
|Questions and answers about formative assessment||Sample chapter from the book above.|
|Overview of AfL||Includes links to activities (see below)
|practical examples of AFL to try in your classroom|
|How to give effective written feedback||Lots of tips. Blogpost from huntingenglish|
|Feedback as a teaching strategy||New website all about how to give effective feedback. feedbackasateachingstrategy.weebly.com/|
|The importance of feedback for students cannot be underestimated||Summary of key points from sec-ed.co.uk/.
Also lists disadvantages of traditional marking.
|Extract from another research paper saying same thing.||Feedback alone > feedback with grade > grade alone. Tweet from @larryferlazzo|
|Critique and Feedback -the butterfly effect||From huntingenglish.com|
|Here's a simple way to get feedback from students on their way out the door||Get them to drop cards with simple messages into a 'feedback' tray.|
|Approaches to ongoing assessment||Guidelines to supporting a whole school approach from juniorscience.ie|
|Assessment For Learning||What is Assessment as Learning? pdf document. Chapter 3|
|Assessment As Learning||What is Assessment as Learning? pdf document. Chapter 4|
|A critique of AfL techniques to date||Blogpost from PragmaticReform.|
|Speed dating for students||Learning game. Blogpost from Function of Time|
|A Starting Point for Kagan Cooperative Learning||pdf document|
|Interesting paper on Physics exam preparation: A comparison of three methods||Stresses the importance of going back over incorrect answers from tests|
|Confessions of a converted lecturer||
Eric Mazur. YouTube. 1 hour 20 mins
|Something similar from another third level lecturer||This time from Nobel laureate Carl Wieman. This is the abstract from Sciencemag.org. Main piece is behind paywall.|
|The economics of the classroom -or- Why grades encourage bad habits||From a college perspective, and possibly a bit optimistic but worth reading. From kris.shaffermusic.com|
|China’s Latest Reform to Deemphasize Testing||It's dubbed 'The Green Evaluation'. From zhaolearning.com|
|What can we learn from the approach in Finland||Interview with Finland's from Inspector of Schools, courtesy of The Guardian|
|Why testing is such a valuable tool||Use this post to show students why. From learningspy.co.uk
(Me: don't call it 'testing'; call it 'a review' instead)
|Frequent Tests Can Enhance College Learning, Study Finds||Good to see that learning can improve at all levels.
From the nytimes.com.
|Reflection: activity page||Short but very thought-provoking activity from visiblelearningplus.com|
|“The Silent Killer of Learning"||Mazur Criticizes Traditional Forms of Assessments|
|Alfie Kohn - The (Alternative) Schools Our Kids Deserve||YouTube. 1 hour|
|Nice idea for choosing names at random||Image from pinterest|
|AfL Pet Top Tip Number 12 - Checking for Learning 5-5-1||Nice example of AfL from LittleMsAfL on YouTube|
|The Classroom Experiment||What happens when you try to change the teaching in a school?
Three 1-hour programs. YouTube.
A counter to all the hoopla about importance of feedback.
|"Numerous studies—some of them dating back decades—have shown that frequent and immediate feedback can, contrary to intuition, degrade learning."
Intriguing post from learningspy.co.uk
|The Barometer Story||You have seen this before - yes?|
|If Jesus was teaching today||Blogpost includes a humerous take on The Beatitudes|
|Calvin n Hobbes - not impressed with exams.||twitterpic|