“Getting children to reflect on progress themselves, to climb to the ‘high ground’ from which they can survey their own
‘Don’t smile until Christmas!” was well-meaning advice given to me many years ago. In my teacher training, and early in
Research and experience show that assessment for learning (AfL) can have a significant positive impact on learning. Notice we said
My children tell me I’m a bit of a ‘control freak’. Personally, I don’t agree. Doesn’t everyone insist that towels
I learned about differentiation and personalization in a truly authentic way.
To harness the power of assessment to improve learning, you must examine and possibly reconsider your role and how you see your relationship with your students.
“…we need to transform our assessment and instructional practices, and that means that we need to be open to considering our role in the classroom differently.”
As a learning community, students uncover possible success criteria, giving an educator the opportunity to listen deeply, assessing what students already know and understand.
When you give students information that they can use to improve, and they see and understand that they can do it… students will experience feelings of control over their learning …
“…the more students interact with the criteria, the more they are able to internalize look-fors and apply them when assessing the quality of their work or performance.” (Nicol, Macfarlane-Dick, 2006)