Student Engaged Learning Assessments
Student engaged assessments puts that the student at the forefront of learning. The students learn about self assessment, how to reflect, and present what they learn. The teacher facilitates, encourages, and provides guidance and support throughout the process. By engaging in self-assessment, the student takes responsibility and feels ownership of his or her own learning. The motivation to learn becomes paramount.
Teaching vs. Learning
Teaching means delivering information in a controlled manner. To make that happen, the teacher must acquire the information and find way to ensure that the learner understands and is able to use the information. Learning means the acquisition and use of the information.
Teachers are always searching for ways to engage learners, but in the process they often forget that they don’t need to work alone. They can partner with the students and search together. In the teacher-centred learning environment, students focus on the teacher. The teacher talks and they listen. Students must sit most of the time and remain quiet. They work alone and collaboration is forbidden. In some cases, working together is considered cheating.
In student-centred instruction, students and instructors share the focus. Instead of listening to the teacher exclusively, students and teachers interact equally. Group work is encouraged, and students learn to collaborate and communicate with one another.
Student Engaged Assessment
In the past teachers were the centre of attention in the classroom. It was a top-down leadership. Students had no say in what or how they were learning. The teacher developed the lesson plan ensure that everything was organized in and out of the classroom. In some cases, the same lesson plan was used repeatedly for years. It was a one fit all situation. Students were viewed in the same way year after year.
One Lesson Plan Does Not Fit ALL
One lesson plan does not fit all. Students need to own learning. It’s about them as individuals and not about their parents, friends, community, teacher, principal, guidance teacher, or any other school stakeholders. Each student is a unique being with his or her own interests, needs, and approach to life. Teachers can foster that uniqueness in each and every one of their students.
Let them Learn to Teach
One way to encourage and foster student unique development and learning is to teach them how to teach and assess themselves. Why not provide students with the tools to assess themselves. Let them learn to teach as a way to learn.
Pair-Teaching on WizIQ
Pair teaching is one way of encouraging students to learn as they teach. I believe practice is key. Teachers need to have the role of students to fully understand what students feel as they are “taught”. The breakout rooms in a live virtual class such as WizIQ can be used to help teachers become aware of instruction and learning as they work in pairs. Teaching in pairs and learning about peer review is a good way to experience the value of collaboration and teaching as a way to learn. The goal is for teachers to model what they experience and learn in their own online or face-to-face classes.
Ron Berger’s ideas in Leaders of their Own Learning
Ron Berger, Leah Rugen and Libby Woodfin wrote an amazing book called Leaders of their Own Learning. The book focuses on allowing students to assess their own learning. Instead forcing teachers to give tests in order to assess students because the administration asks for it, students can now do it themselves.
Teaching as a Way to Learn
Students can be encouraged to teach as a way to learn. Since learning is social, teachers can support students by suggesting they work on a collaborative project. Students can then work in teams and present their process and final learning outcomes as a team and individually. Ultimately, they learn as they present or teach.