Oh, the end of the year…
It’s at the end of the year when all of those tests and grades come in, that I always hesitate a bit and question the value of assessment. Often happen to you? The major question for me has always been:
Do tests at the end of a semester really drive students to solidify what was developed in class, and even expand on it… or is it “in and out of their heads” within the next month?
Depends a lot on the curriculum, the administration and of course on us as teachers.
Do you often ask your students, post-class, what they thought of the test, and if it was a valuable part of the course? To be quite honest, it can be uncomfortable doing so, as on some level you’re asking them to evaluate you, so all of a sudden you’re the one being tested!
When I was a student, the tests that I felt were valuable were the ones that dealt with material parallel to what we had studied, and yet made me take one step further in my learning; they contained “new material” in a sense and called on not only what we had learned, but how that understanding could be applied elsewhere.
Just a quick reflective post as it is… that time of the year. Would love to what’s going on in your mind this year as the semester wraps up, and assessment is the name of the game.