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INTERROGATION

The topic of assessment and evaluation is of utmost importance in my field of work as a trainer. The three big ideas that stand out for me with regards to assessment and evaluation in education are: authentic assessment, ongoing assessment, and the importance of feedback.

 

Authentic assessment values and emphasizes on real-life, practical skills as opposed to rote knowledge testing (Janzen, 2020). 

This resonates with my professional context because preschool education is all about developing practical skills and encouraging children to be curious and enthusiastic about learning. For instance, a preschool teacher can set up a learning space with different objects and materials to encourage children to explore, create and experiment. The teacher can observe and record the children's interactions and learning experiences as part of their ongoing assessment. This approach allows preschool teachers to gain a more comprehensive understanding of each child's unique strengths and needs (Bagnato, Neisworth & Pretti-Frontczak, 2010).

 

Ongoing assessment involves collecting data and tracking children's progress throughout their preschool years, this is a vital component of effective teaching and learning, an approach that enables early childhood educators to track individual children's growth and development across various skill areas such as speech and language, socialization, and cognitive functioning. By routinely conducting ongoing assessments, teachers can identify each child's strengths and challenges and respond appropriately to their needs (Prolongo-Allueva & de Castro Gutiérrez, 2022).

 

When it comes to feedback, it is critical to know that, it is vital for both students and teachers in preschool education. Receiving ongoing feedback can help with both individual and collective growth. A child can get feedback on their work, gaining an understanding of where they excelled and where they need more practice. Teachers, on the other hand, can receive feedback from their peers and mentors as well as their students. This feedback can help them better understand how they can improve their teaching practices to support their students fully. Continuous feedback can lead to a more supportive team dynamic in a preschool setting, which can lead to better outcomes for children (Jarvis & Igo, 2021).

 

Recognizing and emphasizing on the importance of authentic assessment, ongoing assessment, and feedback ensures that each learner receives quality instruction while their teachers receive the feedback they need to continue improving their practice. I strongly believe that, it is these big ideas that will drive the best practices in preschool education for years to come.

When I go into classrooms as part of an equity audit, one of the first things I look for is who is doing most of the talking during instruction.

Hammond, 2020, pg. 46

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