Collecting evidence of knowledge and assessing what the pupils have learned should be ongoing throughout the learning process. The purpose of monitoring knowledge and assessing what the pupils have learned is learning about how well each pupil understands the study material and getting the feedback needed to plan further class activities.
I plan the process of knowledge assessment together with my pupils. We use questions like:
We include the pupils’ wishes into the knowledge assessment process.
In the majority of cases, my pupils already hand in their first finished assignment (evidence of learning) after a couple of lessons. This finished “product” is then added to their portfolio. We always start by allowing the pupils to showcase that which they are most confident in. Most often pupils choose a couple of exercises from the course book for their first assignment. They use the selection of exercises to put together a “test” for themselves, then they solve the exercises, check their answer by using the solutions and answers provided in their course books and hand it in. I keep my own record of each pupil where I track their work, their projects, their assignments, and their progress (as well as my expectations for their achievements).
The second assignment can be completed with the help and cooperation of a classmate. For example, the pupils make each other a test. At the beginning, pupils usually need a lot of guidance and help during this process because they don’t know how to approach this method of studying and learning. Once they create their tests, they swap them and solve them. When they finish writing the test, they can also check each other’s answers by using the solutions available in the course books. This method of studying teaches pupils how to find appropriate exercises and how to solve them. It basically teaches them how to study.
The third assignment is decided on by taking several factors into account. We can either implement the peer-assessment (see the second assignment) system again or, just to be safe, I prepare a test for my pupils (so that I can check where they are in the learning process). The tests aren’t graded based on points or percentages. Their purpose is to encourage the pupils to try harder to reach their goals, improve their knowledge, and prevent them from competing with one another or comparing themselves to others. Pupils need to be given the chance to improve their knowledge as well as the feedback and assistance necessary to do so. They need guidance on how to study and research their material instead of only focusing on their past mistakes.