Week 10 and 11 EDTS240

What can you do, as a preservice and beginning teacher, to challenge the traditional educational assessment paradigm?

The main idea or purpose of an educational assessement is to record the students knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs. Students may not like the idea of undertaking an eduactional assessment due to the negative stigma that is placed on these assessments. Students may begin to believe that they are not good enough to complete the assessment. From this students may develop an anxiety towards exams and assessments. It is important for teachers to implement different types of assessment to ensure that students are not so stressed about getting the best result. Summative assessment is a useful tool to implement into the classroom as students can be provided with timely feedback on what they need to improve on in their knowledge of a specific topic or subject. It is important that as a pre-service teacher I aim to incorporate assessment into learning rather than keep it completely separate as this can lead to assessment anxiety.

Is problem — based learning an assessment strategy or a teaching strategy — or both?

I believe that problem-based learning (PBL) is both an assessment and teaching strategy as it can be adapted to allow for students look at a topic in depth and explore all aspects and allows for a teacher to assess students whole understanding at the end of a project. PBL allows for students to develop a excellent understanding of a topic but also look at different solutions to an issue using the design technologies curriculum. PBL incorporates different teaching skills within a lesson such as an introduction, questioning and an allowance for students to explore through demonstration and explanation. PBL can be used as a teaching strategy for teachers to assess students learning but also a teaching strategy to develop students knowledge on a certain topic.

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