Module 1: Yes! Assessment is Important!

Being an internet person, one of my most favorite Youtube channels is SoulPancake, channel that discusses about different stuff that matters. This is also a very interesting channel that is filled with various pep talks, social experiment, and videos filled with heartwarming and encouraging ideas for everyone. In some of their episodes, one of my favorite person in this channel is Robby Novak who is also known as Kid President. Kid President caught the hearts of many online viewers with his pep talks about life, and my favorite videos from him include “Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!” In this video, one thing that really appealed to me, especially at this point of my life as a student studying Educational Studies, is his question to teachers: “What are you teaching the world?” Reflecting on this question, I have created some realizations and reflections for both the process of teaching and learning especially on the aspect of ASSESSMENT.

The topic that I would like to focus on for this part of reflection is about the importance of assessment. With the readings provided for this topic, I really have developed more appreciation for the varied student works given by teachers. Going back to my former self, especially on my level of being in high school, I would admit that I have lots of complaints for some of the works given to us, thinking that these are unnecessary and irrelevant. Through this topic on the importance of assessment, I have now created an even clearer understanding about school works having the goal of honing the skills of a student, not only on a group level but also on an individual sense. In one of the points of the readings, it also is interesting to know that through assessment, teachers are also learning what needs to be adjusted for the case of students not only for academic skills, but also for that of what will be needed for real world situations like being critical, analytical, and inferential. Truly, the process of assessment is both a significant part for that of teachers, and that of students.

For the part of students, I would like to connect my own learning experience to this topic about the importance of assessment. During my elementary and particularly, high school days, I remember the stress as a student, especially coming to have varied requirements not individually but also for a group. Individual activities will often include oral recitation, quarterly examinations, assignments, and also papers for different subjects. For the part of group, there are often assigned teamwork plans, and also presentation collaborations. Going back to my former self as a student, I remembered questioning why varied works are given, and why can’t there just be one type of work to be focused on in every subject. However, through this topic about the importance of assessment, I have really learned that these different types of works handed on to students, are just way to assess the progress a student is developing for each subject. Not just focused on individual types, but also that of teams or groups, assessment truly is signified by different types of student works to therefore further the sharpening of academic ability and other skills needed for real life situations.

On the other side of the teachers, we would like to go back to the question featured on the first paragraph, the question “What are you teaching the world?” Through this question, there can also be connections made based from the questions that should also be asked by teachers from Module 1 readings regarding assessment. These questions include, 1) what can I do to help students more? , 2) what works for students? , and 3) in what direction should we go next? From the various student works discussed in the previous paragraph, I have also realized that with the questions raised, teachers can also make a difference in the classroom by meditating and reflecting on ways and methods that can make learning for students more interesting and effective, but at the same time, strive to reach its goal of assessment.  In addition to adjusting and improving teaching methods inside the classroom, I have also realized that really significant for the teacher to build the bridge with parents. This can be done during activities like quarterly card day wherein the teacher can express his/her concerns and words of assessment to parents regarding a child’s academic development and progress inside and outside the classroom. In my opinion, if the teacher can really think outside the box of the norms of assessment, teaching and learning process can truly be a notable experience inside the school.

 

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