Deepening our understanding of quality classroom assessment is essential if learning is to be maximized. Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst have collaborated to bring you this amazing collection of resources to support your studies.
We’ve invested the time and the resources to provide you with powerful classroom footage to illustrate the ideas being taught in today’s classrooms with today’s complex learners. Each and every section has powerful ideas to explore and to promote learning that is relevant to you. In order to complement your course design, the content is divided into twelve chunks and organized around key topics related to powerful assessment practices. In each section there are materials to support your adult students’ needs and learning preferences. For every topic they can choose to access important assessment information by choosing to READ, to VIEW, to LISTEN, and/or to DO. These resources can be like a ‘flipped classroom,’ which gives students time to learn when it suits them and their busy lives while allowing you, the course instructor, to focus on learning rather than spending time preparing for students to learn.
So whether you are teaching Professional Studies (Secondary or Elementary) or supporting the learning of Graduate students exploring leadership through the lens of assessment, these resources are designed for you.
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with Anne Davies & Sandra Herbst
Join us for this unique learning opportunity designed for educators and leaders. These topics are designed to meet your needs for this school year. Whether you have a partial or a full day of learning, these opportunities are perfect! Choose between secondary or elementary streams. Each stream features practical, immediately useable ideas for classrooms.
In these sessions, participants will:
- consider ways to involve all learners in the assessment process
- reflect on the learning and make connections by engaging in reflection and group dialogue
- leave with practical strategies for deepening their work with learners
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SupportForEducators is a membership site with many videos and other resources for leaders, teachers, universities, and anyone involved in education. There are many levels of membership and posts can be purchased individually. There is also a lot of free content available.
SupportForEducators is devoted to helping educators use “assessment for learning” to improve student learning and raise standards.
In the short video below, Dr. Anne Davies speaks about the impact that assessment for learning is making in schools. Following the video is an overview of the topic and an introduction to the growing resources available on this website.
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Most people think of tests and exams that evaluate student learning as primary examples of assessment, but those are examples of assessment of learning. Assessment for learning, also known as classroom assessment, is different.
It is not used to evaluate learning but to help learners learn better. It does so by helping both students and teachers to see:
the learning goals and criteria
where each learner is in relation to the goals
where they need to go next
and ways to get there
Many studies have been done over the years to gauge the effectiveness of assessment for learning, and a review of this research in 1998 by Black and Wiliam found that assessment for learning is one of the most powerful ways to improve learning, especially among students who find learning to be more challenging.
This is exciting for educators!
By applying the principles and techniques of assessment for learning, we can help students learn better now and achieve more in all areas of their educational experience.
In addition, assessment for learning is based upon an understanding of student motivation and the psychology of learning, so students become better learners for the rest of their lives as a result of their successful learning experiences.
Assessment for learning makes a difference for students, and from what we have seen, it also results in a more satisfying and enjoyable experience for teachers. Educators become more aware of how students learn and become more engaged with students in the learning process, helping them to set goals and criteria, evaluate their progress, and experience the many small “wins” that lead to them reaching their goals.
SupportForEducators is brought to you by connect2learning, which publishes a number of titles on assessment for learning and was founded by educators who intend to promote the benefits of this learning.
In this website, you will find many links and resources for educators, leaders, and facilitators (people who help educators to make classroom assessment work for them).
If you have any questions or would like to share comments or suggestions, please get in touch with us and we will do our best to address your concerns.
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