Hiroshima English Learning Center
Teacher Training - Assessment for Learning
This training workshop offers some practical strategies that teachers can use to improve their understanding and practice of assessment for learning. Assessment for learning is a key to personalised learning because it is a powerful means of helping teachers to tailor their teaching to students to get the best improvement, and to involve, motivate and help them to take the next steps in learning. The techniques suggested are tried and tested; they draw on both academic research and the experience of practising teachers.
Assessment for Learning is:
  • is embedded in a view of teaching and learning of which it is an essential part. Assessment for learning is not something extra or ‘bolted on’ that a teacher has to do.
  • Involves sharing learning goals with pupils. If students understand the main purposes of their learning and what they are aiming for, they are more likely to grasp what they need to do to achieve it.
  • Aims to help students to know and recognize the standards that they are aiming for. Learners need to be clear about exactly what they have to achieve in order to progress
  • Involves pupils in peer and self-assessment.
  • Provides feedback, which leads to students recognizing their next steps and how to take them. Feedback should be about the qualities of the work with specific advice on what needs to be done in order to improve.
  • Involves both teacher and student in reviewing and reflecting on assessment data(information).
  • Students need to have opportunities to communicate their evolving understanding and to act on the feedback they are given./li>
  • Is underpinned by confidence that every student can improve. Poor feedback can lead to students believing that they lack ‘ability’ and are not able to learn.