About This Chapter
Learner-Centered Assessment - Chapter Summary
Lessons from this chapter can help you to develop a better assessment process for your learner-centered classroom. The available teaching resources found in these lessons will provide an in-depth analysis of the following:
- Purpose of assessments in learner-centered classrooms
- The benefits and uses of the different types of assessments
- How to use formative assessments for curriculum planning
- Types and uses of performance assessments
- Techniques for improving the learning process through incorporating assessments
These entertaining video lessons provide a precise breakdown of everything you'll need to know about using assessments in a learner-centered classroom. Use the transcripts to reinforce what you learn from watching the lessons, or print the transcripts as a handy set of notes. Even with a busy schedule, you can still make time to go over these lessons, since each lesson is only 5-10 minutes in length.
How It Helps
- Enhances the teacher toolbox: This chapter lets you build on what you already know about assessments and helps you determine which type may work best in your classroom.
- Brings new life to an old process: Some teachers think of assessments with dread, but this chapter lets you re-imagine how assessments can make your learner-centered classroom a better place.
- Improves teacher-student relations: Teachers assess students to verify learning goals are being met, but this chapter also highlights how incorporating regular assessments can allow you to routinely alter your lesson plans and build better connections with students.
After you complete this chapter, you should possess the know-how to do the following:
- Identify strategies for incorporating assessments that improve student performance
- Define each of the major forms of assessment and explain their uses
- Implement the many strategies involved in the formative assessment process
- Differentiate between the process and the product of performance assessments
- Establish assessment items that correspond to your learning objectives
1. Assessment in the Learner-Centered Classroom
Assessment can be a tricky piece of teaching. What does it look like in a learner-centered classroom? This lesson shows the processes and purposes of assessments in learner-centered classrooms and gives examples of each.
2. 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.
3. Formative Assessment Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to introduce your preservice teachers to formative assessment. Preservice teachers will read two text lessons, discuss formative assessments, and plan a sample unit that incorporates several formative assessments.
4. Formative Assessments: Examples, Types & Definition
Find out what formative assessments are and the part they play in the learning process. Learn about the types of formative assessments and review the examples. Read the lesson, then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.
5. What is Formative Assessment? - Strategies & Examples
Formative assessment can help teachers plan the most effective instruction. In this lesson, you'll learn what formative assessments are, why they are important, and multiple strategies that you can implement in the classroom.
6. Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process
Playing a musical instrument, creating a spreadsheet and performing in a play are all activities that many of us engage in on a regular basis. These activities are also examples of ways teachers assess a student's mastery of a subject in educational settings. This lesson will define performance-based assessments and discuss the various uses of performance assessments in the classroom.
7. Anecdotal Notes: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll learn how to take anecdotal notes and how to use them to make instructional and placement decisions. We'll also learn how to use anecdotal notes for professional development purposes and parent conferences.
8. Matching Assessment Items to Learning Objectives
This lesson explains the importance of matching assessment tools to learning objectives. The lesson defines both terms and highlights the importance of assessment validity and assessment depth.
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