The Importance Of Assessment For Teaching And Learning Process
When I first started teaching, the importance of assessment as a part of the teaching and learning process was not considered a priority. However, when I was introduced to formative assessment through the WNCP document (2010), I realized how essential it was to continually monitor student learning using various techniques.
It was then that I also received my own personal exposure to formative assessment while working as a curriculum developer with Inuit Elders. I was bestowed with the honour of leading a cultural activity and as I worked at building the traditional stone-moss fire pit, whenever I looked at the Elders, they would give me a slight smile as a form of affirmative encouragement. And when I did something wrong, they never made a big fuss but would just point. It was then I also realized mistakes made by students should be equally noted with minimal negative attention.
Since that experience, I have always been sure to make sure a positive and meaningful on-going feedback component is part of my lesson planning. When I have my mathematics students participate in an outdoors team trigonometric measurement competition, they all are required to provide feedback by responding to the questions:…