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Education is not the filling of a pail,but the lighting of a fire
W.B. Yeats.

rediscovery and moving forward

I had always believed that assessments were merely a method to measure the progress of students. However, my eyes are now opened to the fact that assessments are not merely a tool to measure progress, but rather a critical element in shaping the entire educational process (Grannan & Calkins, 2018).

 

I have discovered that assessments can help in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of learners, thereby allowing educators to tailor their teaching to meet the unique needs of each student. In addition, assessments can help in identifying gaps in the curriculum as well as the effectiveness of teaching strategies, thus enabling educators to make necessary adjustments to improve student learning outcomes (Montenegro & Jankowski, 2017).

 

The process of assessment should be fair, relevant, and enjoy an accurate representation of the skills and knowledge of students, and should not be just about grades but rather about understanding the individual needs of each student (Schoepp & Tezcan-Unal, 2017). 

 

I am also now aware that feedback is an integral part of the assessment process. It is not enough to simply grade a paper. Feedback enables students to understand where they went wrong, and make necessary corrections to improve their skills (Renninger, 2020). 

 

The revelations I have experienced during my assessment and evaluation knowledge-building journey have been transformative to my future professional practice. To be a better educator, I need to see assessments less as just a grading tool but a part of the teaching and learning process. With this new knowledge, I am better equipped to tailor my training programs and engagement with young learners to the unique needs of each student and enable their academic success.

EQUITY

 "Assessment, if not done with equity in mind, privileges and validates certain types of learning and evidence of learning over others, can hinder the validation of multiple means of demonstration, and can reinforce within students the false notion that they do not belong in higher education"

Montenegro & Jankowski, 2017, Pg . 5.

RELEVANT PEDAGOGY

Becoming an advocate or activist in shaping new narratives around student assessment can be a powerful way to effect positive change in learners. This requires "using culturally relevant pedagogy as a way to allow students in populations outside of the majority to maintain their cultural integrity all-the-while succeeding academically" Montenegro & Jankowski, 2017,  pg. 5. 

thinking routines

The use of thinking routines can support and scaffold learning and thinking in early childhood education. By embedding these routines into daily activities, children are encouraged to engage in deeper thinking and problem-solving, which can be assessed through authentic measures such as observations.

Boyes, 2019.

self-authorship

Self-authorship can be a valuable approach for promoting student development and agency in learning. Research suggests that service-learning experiences can be a catalyst for students' self-authorship development as they navigate the complexities of real-world challenges and diverse perspectives.

Myers, 2020. 

Instead of relying on traditional assessments, we can use alternative methods of assessment that accommodate various learning styles and preferences. For example, by considering leaners unique skills, interests, and experiences, assessments can be better aligned with learners' needs and abilities (Janzen, 2020). 

"a program is a set of activities brought together, as a possible solution to an existing problem or issue" Spaulding, 2014, PG. 3.

Instead of relying on traditional assessments, we can use alternative methods of assessment that accommodate various learning styles and preferences. For example, by considering leaners unique skills, interests, and experiences, assessments can be better aligned with learners' needs and abilities (Janzen, 2020). 

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