Using assessment as feedback about your teaching
It was great to start the new term with our #visiblenqts and at the start of a new year we thought it was a good time to remind ourselves what we have covered so far and remind ourselves of our goal – to develop assessment capable learners. We took some time to reflect on how the visible learning sessions relate to the standards for registration. NQTs had the opportunity to discuss how they relate their own learning and impact on practice to the standards. Going forward we will continue to encourage NQTs to reflect on this and build up their own profile, this may be something NQTS and supporters wish to discuss.
As the focus of the previous session was on planning learning and in particular thinking about learning intentions and success criteria we asked NQTs to have a peer or their supporter to ask pupils the following questions:
- What are you learning?
- How will you know when you’ve learned it?
- What feedback have you had from your teacher about your learning?
We asked NQTs to share their learning and reflect on three questions:
- What did you learn?
- What impact did it have on you?
- What impact did it have on pupils?
Their learning is summarised below.
The focus of this session was on assessment and how we use this to plan learning and reflect on our own teaching. This reflects two of Hattie’s mind frames in particular:
- Mindframe 1 – Teachers/ leaders believe that their fundamental task is to evaluate the effect of their teaching on student’s learning
- Mindframe 4 – Teachers/ leaders see assessment as feedback about their impact
We were lucky enough to have two colleagues from Lasswade High School share their practice and demonstrate how they gather assessment evidence, how they use this and how they involve pupils. Unfortunately, our primary practitioner was unable to join us but we will make sure this a core part of the sessions.
You can view the powerpoint for further information – Visible NQTS session 4
School based learning
At the end of the session NQTs were asked to complete a learning wheel (NQTs Wheel 2), we’ve asked them to discuss this with their supporters. Together they may identify an area to work on and develop practice and look at the evidence they have to support this. We look forward to sharing their learning in February.