Friday, April 12, 2013

Chapter 11 Engaging Teachers and Students in Learning and Self- Reflection

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Focus Question: What is performance based assessment for teachers and for students? 

  • Teachers can use norm-reference tests, criterion-referenced test, standards-based assessments, and performance-based assessments to evaluate their students. Supervisors can use these same assessments to evaluate teachers. 
  • Performance evaluation bases assessment on work completed rather than test taken, including such performance area as student writing, individuality and group projects, homework assignments, individual presentations and performances, open book exams, student self-assessment, and teacher observations. 
  • Performance evaluation has a dual focus for teachers- they are continually evaluating their students while their supervisors are continually evaluating them. 
  • Technology is a powerful tool for assessing students and teachers performance because it allows individuals to display the actual real-world learning they have experiences in the classroom. 

Photo Credit to Odegaard Library on Flickr 

I believe that teachers only get better when they understand if the students are truly learning or not. One was a teacher can verify that the students are learning the material that is needed by an assessment test. Teachers can come to the conclusion that the way they are teaching works when the entire class is getting answers right, if the entire class is getting answers wrong than the teacher can safely say she has to try something new. The teacher can also create an assessment for each individual student to let them know how she feels they are doing in the class. There is a thing called new teacher assessment is when other faulty evaluate how you are teaching in order to get your teaching license. There are many different assessments that are within a school system, we have to make sure that we are constantly using them. These evaluations will only make us better educators for our students. 

Tech Tools 11.2: Survey Monkey

The tech tool for this week goes along with my focus question above. The tech tool link is a program where teachers could make a survey to give to students to see how the teacher is performing. Also the teacher could fill out a survey for each student to give them feedback on how they are doing. The definition of Survey Monkey is an easy-to-use online survey tool with multiple ways to formulate questions and collect information. When you go to the website click on how it works to start your process. I would 100% recommend this site because it is extremely easy to navigate, and it can generate performance based assessments

Summary & Connection:

It’s sad to say that this is the last chapter of the book. It has been fun doing these blogs each week because it really does help you understand what each chapter has been about. It is a nice easy way to read an entire book for a class without becoming overwhelmed. The chapter this week has been about different assessments that take place in a school setting. There is even an assessment that is taken place before you can get your license for teaching. It is important that a person does well on that assessment because it may cause them not to get there license to teach. I also learned how to incorporate digital journals into my classroom to have a better connection with students. The only disadvantage is that a person has to have knowledge and skills for the technical part of it. An advantage to assessments is that the teacher could ask questions to see how the students would relate to the information being taught. If students are having "fun" while learning the will pay more attention, and retain what they learn. One last thing before I go, always make student participation a goal in your class. It is important that the students get involved with what you are teaching so you can assess that they are learning, and what you are doing is correct. I hope you have enjoyed my blogs  I can truly say I will miss this part of the class. 

Teaching Assessment Techniques 

Assessment Measures

Sneak Peak on How to Create a Digital Portfolio 


Maloy, R. W., Verock-O, R. E., Edwards, S. A., & Woolf, B. P. (2010).Transforming learning with new technologies. Allyn & Bacon.

1 comment:

  1. Good to see that you enjoyed using the blogs to reflect upon your reading - it is always tough to just read something without relating it to anything else! Blogging can be a great venue for reflection and writing...all engagement with content which is a great way to learn! :) You have always done a good job with it, too.