Attended an amazing professional development session last week with keynote, Ruth Sutton. She is an expert in speaking about and supporting assessment for learning. If you get a chance to hear her, I would highly recommend her as an engaging, informed presenter. Here is link to a similar presentation that Ruth did earlier this year.
Here was the need-to-know, big 5 principles of assessment:
- “The provision of effective feedback to students
- The active involvement of students in their own learning
- Adjusting teaching to take account of the results of assessment
- Recognition of the profound influence assessment has on the motivation and self-esteem of pupils, both of which are crucial influences on learning
- The need for students to be able to assess themselves and understand how to improve”
I was able to make a number of connections to the work that I undertake on a daily basis with all the action research learning teams that I facilitate. Here is how she described the 'changing teaching habits - according to Addiction Theory' (Proshaska).
- First step
- Discomfort and floundering
- New habit
- Coach someone else
As teachers undertake professional inquiry there is definitely a process of changing habits and the middle step commonly called 'implementation dip' which Ruth fits the stage of discomfort and floundering.