Teach Like a Champion Technique 49: Normalise error
Respond to the sequence ‘getting it wrong then getting it right’ as if it is completely normal.
- Expect both right and wrong answers to happen and don’t make a big deal of either.
Ch 2: The case for formative assessment
- According to the Assessment Reform Group, assessment to improve learning requires five elements to be in place:
- Provision of effective feedback to students
- Active involvement of students in their own learning
- Adjustment of teaching to take into account the results of assessment
- Recognition of the profound influence assessment has on the motivation and self-esteem of students, both of which are crucial influences on learning
- Need for students to be able to assess themselves and understand how to improve
- Decisions are at the heart of the process, and should guide the design of assessment i.e. assessment processes should be designed to allow better decisions.
- Five key strategies for formative assessment:
- Clarifying, sharing and understanding learning intentions and criteria for success.
- Engineering effective classroom discussions, activities and learning tasks that elicit evidence of learning.
- Providing feedback that moves learning forward.
- Activating learners as instructional resources for one another.
- Activating learners as the owners of their own learning.
- Teaching must be ‘adaptive’ to the learners’ needs: the big idea of formative assessment.