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Assessment - An Easy How To Guide
April 05, 2014



This word freaks some people out and excites others.

Either way - teachers need to assess their students' progress to help them plan lessons that will meet their needs.

But, how do you go about doing that?

There are tons of ways, but today I'm going to share with you some big ones that I have been discussing this week with my new teachers.

The first step is to figure out what you're assessing.

This means your objective has to be clear, and concise.

Once you have that powerful objective - you can begin to decide on the criteria you expect from the students.

At this point you have written a rubric that you can share with your students, so they know all of their expectations for the lesson.

You've also created an assessment sheet that you can walk around with during the lesson to record your data.

That wasn't so hard, was it?

And, if you are into computers and spreadsheets - there's a way to do the exact thing in Excel or Word.

These examples were created with the same process:

  • Write a solid objective
  • Create criteria expectations for the lesson
  • Tell the students what the criteria is
  • Record the results

If you're paper and pencil or techie, you get the same results.

The students will know what you expect and you will know what you are assessing!

So, it's time to teach.

It's what we really want anyways, right?

During your teaching you can record notes on what you see the students doing.

Start to sort the students into groups on your recording sheet.

Once you have some data - you have some choices to make: will you pull a small group during this lesson, or will you plan for small groups in the next lesson?

In a perfect, dreamy world most Administrators would like to see a small group right then.

As you continue on in your lesson you will most likely have some type of product that the students will create at the end.

This can be an exit ticket, a graphic organizer, or something like this color-choice chart.

Whatever you have them do will be another piece of data to go into the puzzle.

Now, your lesson is complete.

You know exactly who fell in what group for this objective.

But... now what?

This is when you come up with your plan for your groups.

What do your below level students need? What do your on level students need? What do the above level students need?

This data will write your next lesson for you!

That wasn't so hard - was it?

If it is still daunting - start in your favorite subject area and go from there!

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