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Assessment for Learning: A pathway to progression

This guide is designed to enrich teachers' understanding of formative assessment and arm them with skills and resources to use it productively. It suggests concrete strategies and activities for putting this model to work successfully in the classroom and encouraging students to become self-regulated learners, thereby raising their achievement levels. Examples of classroom materials and plans, and suggestions for a whole-school approach are included.

Ages: 5-12 | Pages: 48 | Code: 5613 | ISBN: 9781927143506

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Angie Simmons

Angie Simmons is interested in current best-practice learning approaches that encompass thinking skills, collaboration and problem solving. As an experienced educator, she has worked broadly across the educational sector of New Zealand. She worked as a primary school teacher for many years and as a university lecturer, when she was head of an educational technologies programme and taught prospective teachers. In another significant educational role, she was a digital technologies professional development facilitator working with schools across the Auckland area to integrate future-focused learning within the curriculum.


What will you find in this book?5
Assessment as a two-fold process6
Summative assessment – assessment of learning6
Formative assessment – assessment for learning7
Schoolwide assessment8
Encouraging the development of self regulated learners9
1. Create a supportive learning environment9
2. Foster a love of learning9
3. Put the student at the centre of learning10
4. Involve students in their learning10
5. Provide an effective teaching pedagogy – inquiry learning11
6. Use targeted goal setting14
7. Implement strategies for qualitative assessment and goal setting16
8. Share exemplars18
9. Share learning intentions19
10. Set and share success criteria22
11. Use effective questioning techniques22
12. Use thinking tools (graphic organisers)24
13. Use effective feedback24
Key tools for informing and involving students26
Self and peer assessment26
Learning conversations28
Plenary – evaluation28
Monitoring and reviewing practice31
Practical ideas and activities for the classroom33
Starters – unpacking student understandings33
Tuning in to and motivating the students (inquiry learning)33
Learning activities34
Planning using assessment for learning strategies41
Features of effective planning41
Sample unit plan41
Implementing a whole-school approach to assessment for learning46
Professional development46
Whole-school support46
Reporting about assessment to parents and carers47
Web resources48