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  • 0:00 A Teacher's Role
  • 0:29 Instruction
  • 1:07 Assessment
  • 2:03 Assessment Types
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Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

Watch this video lesson to understand the relationship between instruction and assessment. You'll learn why it is important to continuously monitor the progress of your students through the use of well-placed assessment as you are instructing them.

A Teacher's Role

Where would we be without teachers? We need teachers. If it weren't for the teachers in our life, we wouldn't be where we are today. While any person can stand in front of a group of people and just talk about anything, it's a great teacher that can take any subject and really make you understand and inspire you to learn more. How does a great teacher do this? A great teacher does this through the use of well-placed assessments during instruction.


The instruction part of teaching is the lecture part. This is the part where the teacher explains the new concepts and how these concepts work. The teacher may also give a demonstration of the concept. For example, Mr. Bob, the math teacher, might give a lecture on adding like terms together. Then Mr. Bob might give a demonstration by writing a few examples out on the blackboard. During the instruction part, it is the teacher doing all the work. The students are there to sit and listen. Because the instruction part is about the teacher giving out information, there is no way for the teacher to know whether the students understand the information or not.


A great teacher does more than just give instruction. A great teacher goes the extra step and also gives assessments. An assessment is a test. A great teacher knows how to use assessments to gauge how well the students are learning. A great teacher uses what he or she finds from his or her assessments to change the pace of the instruction or even to redo the whole lesson in a different way, so that more students understand the information. For example, Mr. Bob might be looking at his students, and he sees that most of his students are giving him blank stares. Mr. Bob is using body language as a type of assessment to let him know whether his lesson is working or not. Because he sees blank stares, he realizes that his lesson is a bit boring right now. So, he changes pace and makes his lesson a bit more fun. He adds a little bit of rap music into his lesson on combining like terms. He sees that his students now look more engaged.

Assessment Types

As you can see from what Mr. Bob did, assessments are not all about giving out pop tests or end-of-chapter tests. It's not all about making life horrible for the students by making them nervous about passing a big test. Also, assessments do not always have to wait until the instruction is over. Assessments are about making sure that students understand the material as they should. True assessments are there to help the student succeed and not make them nervous about failing or not giving the right answer. Great teachers know how to use assessments as they are giving instruction, so they can change the instruction to suit the needs of their students. There are many types of assessments that can be used.

Here is a list of assessment types that can be used in the classroom to check for student understanding:

1. The test is a formal check to see how much the students have learned and how well they are able to apply the new information.

2. Questions can be used throughout the instruction, in part to see if the students are paying attention and understanding the material.

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