About This Chapter
Using Assessment to Inform Instruction - Chapter Summary
In this chapter are various assessment options teachers can use to determine whether their instruction methods are working in the classroom. By exploring the lessons, you can learn about the following:
- Forms of assessment that include informal, formal and paper-pencil
- The definition and strategies of the formative assessment
- How Bloom's Taxonomy is used in the classroom
- Differences between product and process in performance assessments
- How to use informal observations in assessment
Explore the lessons to gain greater insight into the use of assessment as a way to gauge the success of your instruction. Test and reinforce what you've learned in the lessons by taking self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam.
How It Helps
- Provides assessment alternatives: This chapter provides offers a wide variety of assessment options you can access and helps you determine which are best for specific circumstances and outcome needs.
- Helps gauge student performance: The assessment options in the lessons provide you with precise strategies and methods you can use to gauge how well your students are performing in the classroom.
- Improves instruction techniques: As you assess student performance, you can use this information to determine how well you're performing as an instructor, as well as what improvements need to be made to improve learning outcomes.
Exploring the lessons in this chapter will enable you to:
- Identify and differentiate between various forms of assessment
- Explain how informal, formal, performance and paper-pencil assessments can help you gain knowledge about student understanding and guide future lessons and curriculum
- Define the formative assessment, explain its importance and describe how it can be implemented in the classroom
- Describe the original and revised Bloom's Taxonomy and how it is used in the classroom
- Share your understanding of performance-based assessments and their use in the classroom setting
- Provide strategies for using, recording and conducting informal observations in the assessment process
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Assessment Strategies for Differentiated Instruction
In this lesson, you'll learn the steps it takes to create a lesson that meets all students' needs. You'll also learn how to differentiate your instruction and assessment to meet a variety of learning styles.
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