PREPARING FOR A GREAT YEAR
Assessments can come in many forms. The fourth graders did some paper work and some activities to help me get a better understanding of each student. At the same time, they were able to get an idea of how to work best in the fourth grade dealing with me.
We began by defining assessment. as·sess·ment (əˈsesmənt) noun
the evaluation or estimation of the nature, quality, or ability of someone or something."the assessment of educational needs"
synonyms: evaluation, judgment, rating, estimation, appraisal, analysis, opinion"a teacher's assessment of the student's abilities"
Tests can be scary because they involve a grade. An early assessment shouldn’t be frightening because it just shows where you are, and you aren’t expected to already have all the knowledge.
One fun assessment was balancing peacock feathers. We discussed the center of balance and then, while the students tried activities with the feathers, I observed.
We did a week of assessing to find out where we are, where we want to go, and what we need to do to get started.
We also learned a few things along the way!