Pointers Towards Great Teaching Assessment And Learning
The agenda for improving the process of learning, teaching and assessment is quite an extensive subject. Hence, different people may have diverse opinions on how to go about it. Nonetheless, several approaches may apply to the enhancement of these processes based on the setup and other contributing factors. Below are six tips for exceptional teaching assessment and learning.
1. Smart Teaching
In most cases, you find that lessons are so broad compared to the time allocated for teaching them. Hence, in some cases, it will require years to cover everything. Therefore, as a teacher, you need to be smart and select the best and most relevant content to teach. You need to determine the primary ideas; concepts and critical examples that students should learn to appreciate and understand the topics on the subject.
2. Lesson Plan Vs Learning Plan
Most schools have stringent lesson plan policies that teachers should follow. Unfortunately, if you plan lessons rather than learning, you will only have a set of activities that will keep the students busy throughout the lesson without developing their skills and knowledge. The best approach is to create a smooth flow of learning from known to the unknown. Arranging to learn in a sequence is a useful tool for both learning and assessment.
3. Avoid Making Assumptions
Being an expert on your subject, it is easier to assume that your students already know or ought to have known some basic facts. Indeed, this is wrong. If you are introducing a topic to your students for the first time, you need to design a step by step method to add to their knowledge effectively. Don’t leave any critical point behind no matter how obvious it is.
4. Building On Previous Knowledge
It is essential to assess how much students know about the topic. You can use the end of topic assessment quiz or launch a class discussion on what the students already know, to get a reliable starting point. A recap session on previous related topics will also be helpful. After such an assessment, you can plan the learning flow to help your students learn more.
5. Knowledge Assessment
This should be a continuous process throughout the lessons to gauge how much your students have learnt. It can be a short quiz, exercises, questions and discussions completed by the students. You should check these assessments and provide feedback. You can revise the questions together or decide to go through a specific section again depending on the level of understanding.
6. Assessment Planning
When you are coming up with the learning plan you need to develop an assessment plan as well before you start teaching. A scheme/ end of topic assessment should be based on the topic objectives and should give you the teaching standards you require for your lesson.
The above points will help you best in becoming a great teacher who will offer excellent teaching assessment and learning experience to students and will enable you to teach effectively.
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