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Learn more about Assessment and how it can be viewed as an integral feature of teaching and planning rather than an after-lesson add-on. Read articles and download resources to make assessment more effective and enjoyable
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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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Which came first: the planning-chicken or the assessment-egg? Difficult to say, but while the two are intimately connected, they are also distinct. Assessment has many purposes and it's important to know what's being assessed, why and how.

My training on Assessment helps schools to develop 'in the moment' techniques as well as longer term practices. We try out a range of tools to help teachers develop their own practice and to involve students in the genuine evaluation of their progress and achievements.

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Thinking Cubes / Assessment Cubes

Thinking Cubes / Assessment Cubes A Product, 3 foam cubes with a different written prompt printed on each face. Throw/roll them individually or together to get 216 different combinations: 216 ready-made plenary activities.

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Categories: Other Resources, Assessment, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Bloom's Taxonomy Assessment AfL Thinking Cubes/Dice

21 Things To Do With Thinking Cubes

21 Things To Do With Thinking Cubes A Product Resource providing 21 suggestions for using the ever popular Thinking Cubes - these are in addition to the instructions that come with the set.

Categories: Other Resources, Thinking Skills, Assessment, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assessment Thinking Skills Thinking Cubes/Dice
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Quality Feedback

Quality Feedback An Article presenting 3 essential features of quality feedback.

There is a huge value in learning with instant feedback.
Anant Agarwal

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Educators, Assessment

Tags: Assessment AfL Feedback Questioning

Advance Organisers

Advance Organisers An Article describing the concept of the Advance Organiser and its benefits for pupil understanding and recall.

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

Winston Churchill

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Assessment, Planning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Planning Assessment Visual Thinking Advance Organiser

QCI Thinking

QCI Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering a simple 3-stage prompt for reflecting on learning that's just happened and linking it to next experiences.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Assessment, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assessment Plenary Questioning
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How Children Succeed
by Paul Tough

How Children Succeed <br>by Paul Tough Find out about grit, hard work and how character influences success.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Professional Development, Assessment

Tags: Character Success Thought Leader Growth Mindset

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Free Online MI Assessment

Free Online MI Assessment Starting points for thinking about Multiple Intelligences profiles.

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Categories: Websites, Multiple Intelligences, Psychology, Assessment

Tags: Learning Style

Simple Learning Style Questionnaire

Simple Learning Style Questionnaire An introduction to thinking about unique learning styles.

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Tags: Learning Style

The MIDAS Assessment

The MIDAS Assessment The detailed Multiple Intelligences assessment created by Dr Branton Shearer.

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The Immediacy of Feedback

The Immediacy of Feedback A short and informative article looking at research evidence for the immediacy of feedback.

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Tags: Feedback Assessment AfL