On page 277, “The Role of Assessment in Teaching and Learning”, the author discusses the importance of new teacher assessment. I know it will be important for me to have a support system, have an open mind for constructive criticism and be willing to learn from experienced teachers who understand what it takes to be an effective teacher. I found this YouTube video of a 6th grade math teacher, teaching a lesson, and this YouTube video is the actual assessment and feedback after the lesson was completed. I really enjoyed watching this teacher, she had some really good ideas that seemed to work well with the students. This was very helpful and I now have a better understanding of what an actual assessment may entail.
Another topic of importance is Student self-assessment. On page 278, the author discusses that teachers should be continuously evaluating themselves and make improvements based on student’s needs to be a successful teacher. This type of evaluation can be something students can do as well, to do to make learning more meaningful. According to assessmenttolearning.edu, students who are encouraged to evaluate their learning have an increased motivation for learning, experience greater self-esteem, and they also have a better understanding of how they learn versus what they learn. This is a useful tool for teachers because the feedback from the students gives an understanding to the teacher on how each student is performing and what she needs to do to help the learning process continue. This link provides a list of useful tips and ideas for student self-assessment that could be used in the classroom.
This chapter was very interesting. I learned there are numerous things that teachers can do to increase their effectiveness as a quality teacher that students can also do to improve the learning process. I guess a good teacher is someone who never stops learning and is willing to make changes to help their students grow and enjoy learning. For example, the use of digital portfolios is something that is beneficial to both the students as well as the teacher. On page 276, the author states that “building digital portfolios affected Tracy (who is the student teacher) and the students’ growth as learners.” This is because both the students and teachers go through a process of self-reflection as they decide what should be included in their portfolio and this process involves evaluating what they have learned. Also, by creating a digital portfolio it is incorporating what was previously learned using technology which offers reinforcement of what was previously learned. For teachers, digital portfolios is an excellent way to show growth and that you are willing to learn from past experiences.
My digital tool for this assignment was completed using infuselearning.com.
Education Services Austrailia. (n.d.). Assessment for Learning. Retrieved from http://www.assessmentforlearning.edu.au/professional_learning/modules/student_self-assessment/student_research_background.html
Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.