I just finished Jo Boaler’s What’s Math Got To Do With It?, and I am particularly intrigued by “assessment for learning.” Boaler says that assessment for learning doubles the speed at which students learn.
I have been trying to learn more about this, and here is what I have so far. It appears to be a lot of formative assessment, but in a very particular way:
- You tell students exactly what they will be learning.
- You give the students examples of strong and weak work.
- You and the students determine how the students can self-assess their work.
- You design lessons that focus on one learning goal.
- You give the students a ton of descriptive feedback (no scores or grades), and the students do a lot of self-assessing.
- Students revise their work.
- Students track what they know and what they have yet to learn.
I got this off of an internet search. I also ordered Assessment for Learning: Putting it into Practice through interlibrary loan. I hope that this book will put me in a better position to understand what assessment for learning is, because it is all a bit hazy now.
I am hoping that this will still be as great as it sounds (doubles!) after I know more about it. If so, I am hoping to integrate it heavily into my real analysis courses in the fall.
Does anyone know more about assessment for learning?
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