It is hard to believe there are only two chapters left in the Guided Math Book Study with The Primary Gal! Today we dive a bit further into assessment.
Why is assessment essential in a guided math classroom? What role does it play in teaching and in learning?
Effective assessment is crucial in a guided math classroom because it allows you to best meet the needs of each of your students. Knowing and understanding each child's mathematical knowledge is so that teachers are utilizing their time with their small guided groups. Assessing also allows us as teachers continually make informed teaching decisions-spending our time working with children on concepts and skills that need strengthening. Assessment also allows teachers to see how well children understand the curriculum, if they are ready to move on and how a class did as a whole. Through assessment teachers get to see what students might need more of before moving on to the next concept.
Assessment drives my instruction. Assessment is what allows me to keep my group fluid and ever changing so that I am best meeting each student's needs. It is important for me to remember that it is important for me to assess what students can do with guided help as well as what they are capable of independently.
What kinds of assessment do you use in your classroom? Is there a blend of assessments and evaluations?
There are many forms of assessments and evaluations that I use in my classroom. Formative assessment is one of the types of assessments I use in my classroom. Formative assessment allows me to continuously gather information so that my instruction can best meet each child's individual needs. Formative assessment helps to drive my instructional choices for each guided math group. also I use checklists to help me see in one spot if children have mastered or are continuing to work on specific common core standards. Feedback is also an important part of my mathematics assessment. It is important for students to understand what they are doing well at and what needs improvements. It is with this feedback that students can adjust what they are doing. Feedback should be given during and after the lesson, it should be easily understood by the child and is directly related to their learning.
I would like to this year get more into using rubrics. Laney Sammons suggest that teachers use Rubrics to see "precise levels of quality for each criterion." I can certainly see rubrics being beneficial in my classroom for myself as for when I discuss student growth as with parents and administration.
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