How can assessments become a meaningful process in the classroom to help my students build on their learning and understanding?

Rachel Houle


Seminar Title


How can assessments become a meaningful process in the classroom to help my students build on their learning and understanding?


Concept/Strategy

Focus of the Research


Assessment Strategies


Grade Level

Research Was Applied


3rd Grade


Relevant Grade Level

Connections


4th Grade


Discipline

Where Research Was Applied


Writing


Additional Discipline Areas

I see Application to


All Disciplines


Invitation/Commercial


When many imagine assessments in the classroom, they envision students answering multiple choice questions on a piece of paper for the sole purpose of showing the teacher what the students know, yet, it is so much more than that. Assessments in the classroom have evolved over time and are broken down into three main approaches. Currently there is an imbalance between the use of these assessments, leaving out an integral part assessment can offer for students. When we successfully implement all three types of assessments, students can become self-directed learners. I have been teaching third grade in a rural Minnesota elementary school for the last three years and started to feel like I was spending too much time assessing my students for the sole purpose of a grade, offering little to no benefits to my students. It was through my research, observations, and data that I learned the value assessments can offer to students learning and the importance including students in the assessment process. If you are interested in discussing ways to engage your learners in the assessments you are using, this session is for you! I will share a variety of assessment techniques I used including portfolios, goal setting and reflecting to engage and motivate my students. Although I implemented this with third graders, I believe this topic would be beneficial to any grade level or classroom teacher. If you are implementing a variety of assessments, looking for ways to involve students in the process, or just curious about how to make assessments more meaningful, please join me for a great discussion! I look forward to hearing how you can implement and adapt my experience using assessments within your classroom.