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Assessment and Critical Reflection

Brodie and Irving (2007) stated that as educators, regardless of the type of learning setting, ''we need to ensure that students will know: what learning is, how to do it best, when they have learnt, what their learning is informed by, what they need to learn, what they have learnt, know more about, become more able at doing.

Reflect back on your experience throughout your course of learning in selecting assessment methods and designing assessment tools to evaluate learning, and also explain how assessment can be used for both individual learner mastery and continuous quality improvement of the instruction. Give some thoughts on how critical reflection is essential in the assessment process not only for the educator, but for learners as well.

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When I was working on my Bachelors degree, I learned something very important from one of my mentor professors. I learned how to align the objectives, lesson plan, and assessment for each lesson. I learned how to write instructional objectives for knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Then, I learned how to connect these objectives to the lesson plan and then to the assessment. I learned to make sure the assessment measured the objectives that were taught in each lesson. It was like weaving cords of learning and connecting them throughout the lesson plan.

When I reflect back on my experiences throughout the course of learning in selecting assessment methods and designing assessment tools to evaluate learning, I learned that aligning the lesson plan was a good way to "ensure that students will know: what learning is, how to do it best, when they have learnt, what their learning is informed by, what they need to learn, what they have learnt, know more about, become more able at doing." I felt that when I was being very clear about what I wanted to teach, when I was making sure that I taught what I set out to teach, and when I assessed for exactly what I taught, I was making sure that students knew what learning is and how to do it best. Later in my learning process, I realized that this was not enough to make the students see what learning was, even though it did help me as a teacher and it did improve the instruction.

I really needed something that would show the students how this alignment worked and why it is so important. I found the solution in Standards Aligned Curriculum. Many educators and advisory groups emphasize high standards as an important factor in improving the quality of education for all students. As a result, schools and districts are looking at ways to develop a high-quality curriculum that is based on standards. An important ...

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