My post earlier this week and subsequent thoughts and interactions disturbed me and pushed my thinking.
I have to say that I believe formal assessments are a tiny piece of a huge puzzle. One that is intricately woven of fibres made up of anecdotal interactions, incidental comments, silences, learning in class, collaboration, extension of ideas … The list goes on and on.
My time spent assessing children this week frustrated and enlightened me. “The assessment” – be it Numeracy or Literacy based – was a vehicle that facilitated discussion between learners and teachers, colleagues and leaders.
We need to remember to take time – to listen , to give children time to think; to guide extension of thoughts. And most importantly to ensure that reflection by teachers and learners is meaningful, part of everything we do and that it leads to action.