Better teaching: Assessment for Learning

The test is not the end point; it is merely a pit-stop or feeding station on the journey to better understand the topic.

 
AfL: Assessment for learning (as opposed to the current approact: assessment for burning)
Formative use of Summative Tests: Marking  Blogpost from headteacherguru Tom Sherrington
Webpage of What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment Table of contents to an online book by Laura Greenstein. From ascd.org
Questions and answers about formative assessment Sample chapter from the book above.
Practical examples of AFL to try in your classroom From salemafl.ning.com
The importance of feedback for students cannot be underestimated Summary of key points from sec-ed.co.uk/.
Also lists disadvantages of traditional marking.
Extract from another research paper saying same thing. Feedback alone > feedback with grade > grade alone. Tweet from @larryferlazzo
     
Approaches to ongoing assessment Guidelines to supporting a whole school approach from juniorscience.ie
     
A critique of AfL techniques to date Blogpost from PragmaticReform.
Speed dating for students Learning game. Blogpost from Function of Time
A Starting Point for Kagan Cooperative Learning pdf document
Confessions of a converted lecturer

Eric Mazur. YouTube. 1 hour 20 mins
" I discovered my students were just  memorizing information rather than learning".

The economics of the classroom -or- Why grades encourage bad habits From a college perspective, and possibly a bit optimistic but worth reading. From kris.shaffermusic.com
China’s Latest Reform to Deemphasize Testing It's dubbed 'The Green Evaluation'. From zhaolearning.com
What can we learn from the approach in Finland Interview with Finland's from Inspector of Schools, courtesy of The Guardian
     
Why testing is such a valuable tool Use this post to show students why. From learningspy.co.uk
(Me: don't call it 'testing'; call it 'a review' instead)
Frequent Tests Can Enhance College Learning, Study Finds Good to see that learning can improve at all levels.
From the nytimes.com.
     
“The Silent Killer of Learning" Mazur Criticizes Traditional Forms of Assessments
Alfie Kohn - The (Alternative) Schools Our Kids Deserve YouTube. 1 hour
AfL Pet Top Tip Number 12 - Checking for Learning 5-5-1 Nice example of AfL from LittleMsAfL on YouTube
The Classroom Experiment What happens when you try to change the teaching in a school?
Three 1-hour programs with education expert Professor Dylan Wiliam.
YouTube.

A counter to all the hoopla about importance of feedback.
Make up your own mind.

"Numerous studies—some of them dating back decades—have shown that frequent and immediate feedback can, contrary to intuition, degrade learning."
Intriguing post from learningspy.co.uk
     
The Barometer Story You have seen this before - yes?
If Jesus was teaching today Blogpost includes a humerous take on The Beatitudes
Calvin n Hobbes - not impressed with exams. twitterpic