Without assessment student and teacher have no parameters set to work by , no direction during the teaching process and no way of understanding the students competence prior to examination and end of the course or session.
Assessment is the overall tool we have for measuring the student and teacher’s suitability and learning. Assessment can come in many forms in the teaching sector and each has its own merit and value alongside the others.
We can see clearly the three stages of assessment in the image bellow.
Planning (Initial Assessment)
This stage is where the teacher would assess the student’s capability, learning style and motivation. This could be done in a number ...view middle of the document...
Learner Contract is used on some of the courses I run which gives an indication to the learners motivations and also sets out a clear learning agreement. It also gives discussion points for the tutor to have open dialogue regarding any possible learning problems.
Gathering Data (Formative Assessment)
During the teaching frequent reviews are essential for the teacher in order to monitor progress and make adjustments to the teaching. For the learner it is an important time to understand and gauge progress made and receive ongoing feedback. This is also an important time for the learner and teacher to reflect on their input. The teacher should be using this stage of assessment to motivate the learner and should also hope to identify strengths and weaknesses.
During the formative stage observational monitoring should be used to identify the learners Psycho-motor skills and also motivations and attitude. We would also be setting tasks in order to formally assess the learner’s progress. We would also be giving the learners feedback from the observations and tasks and done in a manner to inspire and motivate, without motivation to continued development the learner can lose interest or become despondent or give up all together. Written exercises or group discussions provide the learners with an opportunity to reflect on the recent processes and give self learning and areas of improvement and can also motivate.
Throughout this process I keep session notes for the learner and myself to read this has a space for me (the tutor) to record the points of the session and next steps for the client. The learner also has a space to record what they felt they have leaned and also what they have enjoyed. These notes are my most valuable tool as most of the teaching I deliver is very short one day or two day courses so having this record at the end of each day is a suburb tool in the formative stage.
Reporting Results (Summative Assessment)
In order for...