Monday, November 24, 2008

Applauding Assessment for Learning

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: 
  1. “The provision of effective feedback to students
  2. The active involvement of students in their own learning
  3. Adjusting teaching to take account of the results of assessment
  4. Recognition of the profound influence assessment has on the motivation and self-esteem of pupils, both of which are crucial influences on learning
  5. The need for students to be able to assess themselves and understand how to improve”
Personal Connections:
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).
  • Pre-contemplation
  • Contemplation
  • First step
  • Discomfort and floundering
  • Practice
  • Confidence
  • 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.

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