As stated in Alberta Education’s Teacher Quality Standard document, teachers who hold a Permanent Professional Certificate must demonstrate that they can “gather and use information about students’ learning needs and progress” (Ministerial Order #016/97, 1997).
I believe that I demonstrate this through the following:
- I believe in assessment of learning, for learning and as learning!
- I use a variety of different assessments to gather information to better help me support each student (diagnostic, ie. KWL charts) and inform the student of their progress (formative, ie. exit slips), in addition to evaluating their performance or knowledge in a given area (summative, ie. unit exam or project).
- I try to build assessments that compliment the different learning styles or preferences, from multiple choice tests, essays and quizzes, to group assessments, performance assessments/tasks/skill tests, oral presentations and projects.
- I provide accommodations for those students who need them, so they can show me what they know or what they can do. For example, if I am trying to assess a student’s ability to create a story, but that student has difficulty writing, I would get the student to use a computer (if they were comfortable typing) or a dictation device/scribe.
- I communicate progress, needs and strengths through a variety of channels to both the student, their parents and the other professionals involved in their learning, ie. Report cards with objectives and comments, written and oral comments regarding assignments/tests/projects, rubrics, parent teacher interviews and student led conferences, student meetings, etc.
- I teach and support students in goal setting and self-assessment so they can take an active role in their learning and growth.
- I utilize technology to assist in giving prompt and accessible feedback on learning, ie. Raz-Kids (allows students to read and respond to comprehension questions, and instantly view their results), ExamBank (a study tool that gives multiple choice questions, and then explains incorrectly answered questions), GoogleDocs/Drive (used to display homework, work on assignments, give feedback using the comments section, and allow students to get support from the teacher and/or other students quickly and easily), etc.
- I use assessment to inform and adapt my own teaching practice.