My assessment philosophy

My Assessment Philosophy

Belief # 1 : Know your learners 

I believe that it is crucial to build meaningful relationships with our students to understand their strengths and opportunities in the classroom. It is important to know their academic levels when planning and assessing student work. I feel that if you do not take time to know your learners and understand their needs, emotions and talents that you will not be setting students up for success in the classroom.

Belief # 2: Conversations 

One way I am to know my learners is by having conversations with them. As mentioned by Anne Davies, when we leave with conversations with students about learning, ” we are inviting them to think about their learning. As they think and explain, we can gather evidence about what they know and understand. We can find out about what they did or created – such as their best efforts, what was difficult or easy, what the might do differently next time, and what risks they take as learners”.

I believe that hold conversations with students about their learning will allow me to assess and navigate my next teaching steps. Having conversations with my students will allow me to re-evaluate how I teach, assess and interact with my students.

Belief # 3: Include students in assessment 

I believe that giving students a voice in how they feel they should be assessed will create a positive learning environment for all. By including students in their assessment process, I will be working to ” reinforce their grasp of the course content and strengthen their own skills at self-assessment” ( Angelo&Cross).

I find it important for students to understand their learning destination and to collaborate together with peers and teachers to come up with criteria on how they feel they should be assessed.

Belief # 4: Using technology for assessment 

It is a goal of mine to use many forms of technology for assessment to document my students’ goals, learning, questions, and assessments. In particular, I will use an online portfolio to showcase my students work. I believe there are many benefits to using an online portfolio.

  1. Giving students independence and pride: When students have opportunities to showcase their learning it will give them a sense of pride and confidence in their schoolwork.
  2. Report card Documentation: Using online portfolios such as Seesaw or Flipgrid will be one of the main ways I keep documentation of my students and what I will refer to when entering marks for report cards.
  3. Parent involvement: Often times when schoolwork is sent home, parents may not completely understand it. Using online portfolios gives parents the opportunity to be engaged in our classroom.They will be able to see what their child is doing in the classroom on a day-to-day bases and see explanations of student work in the  form of pictures, videos, drawings, etc.

My Teaching Philosophy

My Teaching Philosophy

The six strongest beliefs i hold that fuel my philosophy of teaching:

Belief # 1:

The first and most important belief that I hold as a teacher is that the relationships that we form with our students are crucial to success in learning, in the classroom, and in life. When strong and meaningful relationships are created in schools, learning and overall experiences thrive.

Belief # 2:

I believe that establishing a foundation of kindness and respect in the classroom will lead to a healthy, supportive and welcoming environment. I want my classroom to be a safe and welcoming space for all who enter.

Belief #3:

I believe that Treaty education needs to be apart of day to day learning in schools. I have seen first hand how beneficial and powerful this learning can be. in my own classroom, this content is something I aim to weave into each subject daily.

Belief # 4:

As technology evolves, it is important to keep up with trends so that my students can receive rich learning with a variety of technological tools. As Rabindranath Tagore said, ” Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time“.

In my own schooling, my experiences with technology were limited. Our students are growing up in a world where technology is evolving rapidly. As a future teacher, I am going to cater to my students and incorporate technology into our learning frequently.

Belief #5:

In my teaching, I work to teach from an anti-oppressive education platform.I want to provide my students with opportunities to recognize their own biases and prejudices. My belief is that once this is done, we can then recognize and name our own biases and prejudices. In doing so, we will then be able to tackle larger issues of social justice, oppression, and privilege in our school and community.

Belief #6: I believe that the most meaningful learning comes when students have the opportunity to be in control and offer input to their learning. I aim to offer my students many chances to share what they are interested in learning and how we are going to get there. This will include provided opportunities for interactive activities and inquiry learning.

Belief #7:

I believe that movement in the classroom is crucial for student engagement. In my future classroom, i will incorporate movement into our learning by engaging my students in a variety of dance, physical movement and play based activities.

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