We always rely on written tests to assess our students. written tests cover little amount of the learning material, so we should search for more ideas to show us that we are moving on, and whether our students have understood our explanation or they need more practice. I think the following ideas are useful to assess to what extent the students have learnt and what their weaknesses are:
- Ask open-ended questions starting with why and how.
- Ask for a summary of the lesson at the end.
- Use short tests/quizzes regularly and test one thing every time.
- Encourage role-play activities especially for conversations.
- Ask for comments from students on teaching procedures.
- Use mind map tools to encourage students to talk.
- Ask students to prepare something and talk about it.
- Encourage exchanging books among students to mark.
- Use rubrics and ask students to assess themselves.
- Exploit games and puzzles to assess language usage.
What else can you add? Write what you already do to assess your students daily.
Before writing any examination questions or designing assessment exercises, you should keep in mind the following six points:
- Provide your students with the opportunity to show to what extent they have achieved the outcomes of learning of the whole syllabus or the lesson at hand. Accordingly, your assessment should differentiate between those who have already learned and those who need revision or more practice.
- Focus only on the most important aspects of the course and the objectives that you set for each lesson or unit, rather than other details.
- Provide feedback on performance as soon as possible so that students may improve themselves. Remember that the main aim of assessment is that students are able to learn through the process of assessment and view assessment as part of their learning process.
- Provide a means of encouragement by giving students the chance to see and sense their success and progress. It builds and increases their self-confidence as achievers.
- Design clear assessment criteria and marking guidance that allow differentiation and make students feel that you are fair.
What is Dynamic Assessment? Do you know the basis of it?
There are four main methods of dynamic assessment. They are :
1.Testing the Limits.
4.Test – Teach – Retest.
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