Why do we need assessment?
Evaluating students is as variable as teaching settings. You may use formal or informal assessments to evaluate a lesson or unit.
The first step is to decide what you want the kids to learn.
In my planning, I think about assessment first. I try to frame each unit with the goals (or objectives) of the unit in mind. This helps to create meaningful lessons that move towards those goals.
If you are following a curriculum, it will include learning objectives or a scope & sequence to use as a guide. This lets you know what needs to be covered, but you can always add extras in as you gauge the kids’ interest.
Ideas for Informal Assessment:
- Class Discussions
- Exit Tickets
- Journal Entries
Ideas for Formal Assessment:
- Projects: papers, pamphlets, website, etc.
This is just a beginning list so make it as personal as you need for your situation.
In the bridge building STEM challenge, I have suggested a competition that would encourage students to do their best and gives you ample opportunity for observation.
That gets you through the 5 steps of planning better science lessons.