It seems like this is a topic that is always a discussion when it comes to education. Is there any way to avoid it? No, but there are many ways to assess a student's learning and growth.
Question 1: What types of pre-assessments do I use?
I think it is important to know where a students strengths and weaknesses are before beginning a unit. In regards to math, pre-assessments are imperative. Our corporation gives a test called STI, which I have been informed by other teachers, is AWFUL! It is required by our administration, so we don't have a choice. There is also a post-test. There are given at the end of the month. However, the teachers have stated that the tests do not always match the curriculum. So, what can I do?
I think the first thing on my list will be to give the students a pre-assessment based on the curriculum we will be covering for the month. I will be using Envision Math, so I will look into whether they have created a pre-test or if I will need to create one. Since multiplication is a big component of 4th grade math, giving the students a test on multiplication facts will be something to assess throughout the entire school year.
Dr. Nicki Newton also gives other examples of pre-assessments, such as a survey about how students feel about math, a mini math interview, and a running record.
Question 2: What types of ongoing assessments do I use?
It is important to keep the groups flexible, even within the same unit. Once a student has mastered the concept, they should be moved to a more advanced group. There are many ways to assess students, but making notes, conferencing with students, keep running records, and using exit slips are the ways that I foresee working with the students.
Question 3: What types of summative assessments will I use?
I do not see anything wrong with giving an end of chapter test, but making sure to go over it with students and correct mistakes is beneficial to their learning. I like the idea of the students completing a self reflection, so they can take part in their own learning. I think this will be a good way to get students to self-assess. I would also like to keep student portfolios so that the students have a folder for them to refer back to for their learning and achievements.
Question 4: What new ideas have I gathered from this chapter?
I'm not sure that I have gathered any new ideas, but I liked how the chapter was broken into sections. It is important to remember that students should be assessed constantly, but that it does not need to be a written version.
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