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Assessing Student Learning & Providing Feedback - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, detailed text lessons will help you understand the significance of instructional objectives in assessments. Fascinating video lessons will reveal the specific strategies that are included in Bloom's taxonomy and assessments, good qualities of assessments, and specific forms of assessments, including formal and informal. Our brief, end-of-lesson quizzes will allow you to test yourself on how to develop math class assessments.
You can also measure your understanding of why you should provide students with feedback, definition and strategies of academic intervention, technology to assist students in giving student feedback, and techniques for utilizing informal observations in assessments. Full lesson transcripts can be reviewed to get a better understanding of why and how your curriculum should be designed to include student self-assessments, as well as peer assessments.
How It Helps
- Explains signs: Because you will learn about the qualities in effective assessments, you will be able to spot ineffective assessments.
- Helps development: Your understanding of how questions can be used in the classroom to provide information about a student's knowledge will enable you to develop better questions to ask students.
- Provides options: Your discovery of the different forms of assessments, will help you understand which forms are appropriate for certain class environments.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Incorporate instructional objectives into your assessments
- Gauge the amount of information your students know by utilizing Bloom's taxonomy and assessments
- Identify the types of assessments that do not have good qualities and get rid of them.
- Determine which forms of assessments, including mathematical worksheets, are right for your class
- Integrate feedback into your teaching techniques to help students
- Design better academic interventions for students
- Choose technology that fits your class and allows you to give feedback quickly
- Utilize informal observations in a way that promotes learning
- Build a curriculum that helps the class perform student and peer assessments
1. The Role of Instructional Objectives in Student Assessments
In this lesson, we'll define the term 'instructional objectives' and discuss their role in the assessment process. In addition, we'll differentiate between formative and summative assessments.
2. Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments
Bloom's Taxonomy is a popular and extremely helpful tool that is used by most teachers. In this lesson, we'll discuss the original and revised Bloom's Taxonomy as well as how to use it in the classroom to assess learning and cognitive ability.
3. Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity
Have you ever been in the middle of an assessment and thought, 'This question is unfair!' or 'This exam covers material I have never seen before!' If so, the assessment probably did not possess the qualities that make an assessment effective. This lesson will introduce you to the qualities of good assessments: reliability, standardization, validity, and practicality.
4. Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments
Educators often need to assess students' learning and achievement. There are multiple forms of assessments that educators use to not only gain knowledge about a student's level of understanding but also to guide the direction of future lessons and course curriculum. This lesson will differentiate between formal and informal assessments and paper-pencil versus performance-based assessments used in educational settings.
5. Developing Mathematical Assessments for the Classroom
Assessments are an essential part of the teaching process. In this lesson, you'll learn how to develop mathematical assessments for the classroom. You'll also explore major types of assessments that can test your students' understanding.
6. Using Questioning & Feedback Loops to Monitor Student Progress
Providing students with feedback is an important part of the instructional process. This lesson shows how to use questioning to gauge student understanding and learning during a lesson.
7. Academic Intervention: Definition, Plan & Strategies
An academic intervention is a classroom strategy to assist students in learning. In this lesson, examples of various strategies will be shown, and we'll identify the strengths in each.
8. Technology That Helps Teachers Provide Feedback
In this lesson, you'll learn about various types of technology teachers use to provide feedback. You'll also learn about online polls and virtual learning platforms and how to use emails, text and social media as feedback methods.
9. Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment
Informal observational assessments require watching, listening, and documenting student performance-based tasks. Strategies for this type of assessment range from intentional activities to incidental chance observations.
10. Student Self-Assessment & Peer Assessment
Student self-assessment and peer assessment are useful tools to help students learn important reflection and critical thinking skills. This lesson will review how self-assessment and peer assessment can be used in your classroom.
11. Math Formative Assessment Ideas
Because math lends itself to summative assessment, it can be difficult to conduct formative assessment. This lesson offers some math formative assessment ideas for all ages.
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Other chapters within the Instructional Strategies for Teaching Math course
- Standards & Planning for Math Instruction
- Creating an Effective Math Learning Environment
- Instructional Strategies for Student Achievement in Math
- Student-Centered Instructional Strategies for Math
- Teaching Critical Thinking, Logic & Reasoning in Math
- Integrating Math with Other Disciplines
- Using Technology in the Math Classroom
- Teaching Strategies for At-Risk Math Students