Assessment 101 – Building a Strong Foundation
Assessment has the power to encourage, inform, motivate and support our learners, or it can entrench negative feelings and anxiety within our students. How do we motivate our students to keep working and learning, and still ensure that they are meeting the appropriate grade level standards?
This session will explore how a focus on planning for effective formative and summative assessment is key to supporting student success. Participate as a group, and be prepared to have meaningful conversations about what matters most about assessment.
Who Cares about Formative Assessment?
Are you tired of hearing about formative assessment? Why are we still talking about it? Formative assessment is not just about an unweighted category in our grade book, but rather the fundamental way we organize our classrooms. Formative assessment can help guide teachers’ teaching and students’ learning.
Who cares about formative assessment? We all should!
Assessment that Really Can Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners
Our classrooms are filled with students who bring a wide variety of strengths and challenges, and teachers are constantly adapting instruction to better meet student needs. However, if we are to gather reliable evidence of learning, then we need to differentiate more than just our teaching. How can we effectively and fairly differentiate our assessment practices to support all students?
Assessment 911: Help! My digital reporting system is driving me crazy!
An online reporting system, often with an open portal for parents, can sometimes feel like the tail is wagging the dog of classroom assessment practice. The addition of an outcomes-based reporting framework can add another layer of complexity.
This session will provide opportunities for conversation designed to generate practical solutions for complex assessment challenges, regardless of the reporting format you are using. Turns out that you don’t have to sacrifice good formative assessment practices just because you have a digital reporting system!
Students as Partners in Assessment?
Do students really see themselves as partners in day-to-day classroom assessment, or do they see themselves as recipients of the assessment process?
Explore ways in which students can become active participants in classroom assessment, with a focus on understanding the learning destination and giving, receiving and using effective feedback. The results may surprise you!