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Magazine Issue 64: Assessment
October 2015

This month: Thoughts about Assessment

Article: Key Ideas for Assessment
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This Month's Article:


KEY IDEAS ABOUT ASSESSMENT An Article introducing basic ideas about assessment and its link to planning.

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Categories: Article, Assessment, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Assessment

Here's a radical thought about assessment: Assessment is the same thing as planning.

You may have got to this page from the planning page where that assertion is implied by the lack of content.

Here's how it works: A plan is a set of intentions about what's going to happen next. In class it refers to learning experiences and is driven by outcomes and objectives. The outcomes and objectives are created from what has happened before and will be adapted in the light of experience. There is no planning without assessment and no assessment without planning. Hence they're only getting the one page on this website. For now.

Educational assessment should comprise the observation and recording of learners' skills, attitudes, characteristics and knowledge. It can give an instant snapshot (grades, test scores) or guidance for next steps (formative, evaluation). Quality assessment is the purposeful observation and recording of learner achievements.

Einstein said, "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." If you judge a dancer by his ability to write novels then you'll be sailing close to the wind - the UN Convention on the rights of the child wind. (Article 13.1 - The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child's choice.)

A key element of assessment is feedback - actually telling the learner about what we have seen, heard and assessed.Three features of the most effective feedback are:

1. Clarity - feedback is simple, precise and directly related to learning intentions

2. Immediacy - feedback takes place immediately or as soon as possible after the learning experience - or while it is happening.

3. Purpose - the reason for giving feedback is clear, agreed and the information is used to plan further learning.

If these happen naturally and repeatedly, planning looks after itself and may even be taken care of by the pupils themselves: see November 2015's article about Autonomy.

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Mundaneum Thinking

Mundaneum Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for organising information into memorable structures.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Skills, Analytical Thinking, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Organisation Memory
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Mundaneum Thinking PowerPoint

Mundaneum Thinking PowerPoint A Thinking Tool Template in PowerPoint for quick implementation of Mundaneum Thinking. Includes punctuation and shape examples.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, English, Secondary

Tags: Organisation Memory Punctuation
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Values Think Sheet - Community

Values Think Sheet - Community A Think Sheet combining levels of challenge with a deeper understanding of 'community'.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, PSHE, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Communication Challenge
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Assessment for Teaching

Assessment for Teaching An Article about how pupils can help you to grow your teaching skills.

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Assessment Pupil Voice Feedback CPD

MPod Thinking

MPod Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that provides a simple structure for organising key facts and for making them memorable. Especially suitable for learners who like to break down knowledge into chunks and who have a strength in visual learning.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Memory Skills, Boys' Learning, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Memory Visual Thinking
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Journey Stick Thinking

Journey Stick Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool inspired by ancient story telling and memory techniques. Pupils create a stick that represent key facts, events and ideas. It's use for recall then embeds ideas in sequence. Includes a Christmas example.

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Categories: Thinking Tool, Memory Skills, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Early Years, Infant, Junior, Boys' Learning

Tags: Memory Multiple Intelligences Christmas

Values Think Sheet - Trust

Values Think Sheet - Trust A new style Think Sheet to help pupils explore the meaning of trust.

Categories: Think Sheet, PSHE, All Ages, Teaching & Learning

Tags: Values Trust
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The Diagrams Book
by Kevin Duncan

The Diagrams Book <br>by Kevin Duncan

50 visual tools for problem solving which can really clarify your thinking. Many leadership and learning applications.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Creativity, Leadership

Tags: Visual Thinking


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Live In-Ear Coaching Group Find out about Mike's Live In-Ear Coaching training - delivered on-line using Iris Connect groups

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Next month we think about Autonomy