Keynote with Damian Cooper
Talk About Assessment: Strategies and Tools to Improve Learning
Below are my notes from a session with Damian Cooper. He is an excellent, high-energy presenter.
Big goals of the session:
- Assessment needs to be good for students. Should not be biased for language, gender…etc. Assessment should be flexible.
- Assessment needs to be manageable for teachers. Must be efficient and effective. Note: we must hold students accountable to hand in quality work.
- They can access the content in many ways but they lack the wisdom , we need to teach the skills.
Differentiation is what is we are about. Myths are that there are no standards. With a criterion referenced model we hold the standards constant and
Use Backwards design - what is essential for students to understand by the end of this unit?
The big ideas of classroom assessment
- Assessment serves different purposes at different times
- Assessment must be planned and purposeful
- Assessment must be balanced and flexible
- Assessment and instruction are inseparable because effective assessment informs learning.
- For assessment to be helpful to students, it must inform them in words so they know what they need to do in order to improve.
- Assessment is a collaborative process that involves self, peer and teacher.
- Performance standards are essential.
- Grading and reporting is a sensitive and caring process by a teaching professional
- Students bring different knowledge & experience to school
- Students learn at different rates
- Students learn in different ways
- Not all students are able to demonstrate their learning in the same way
- Not all students respond the same way to test pressure
- Some students need more scaffolding than others
- It is an important skill for students to life beyond school but should not be for marks and should not be testing the math skills of parents. It should be for practice.
- Do I include ALL students in the questioning?
- Do I provide individual feedback to promote improvement?
- Do I provide opportunities for students to use the feedback for improvement?
In summary, if you get an opportunity to work with Damian Cooper, I would highly recommend him as a presenter.