assessment for learning

Starting the year right – building learning-focused relationships

If we want students who are confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners, how do we maximise the beginning of the school year to ensure this happens? We often use words such as ‘learning’ and ‘learner’ with our students, yet how often do we stop and check that they understand what these words...

Whānau matters - how you can create partnerships for learning

As a teacher who is also Māori, I place significant value on whanaungatanga – building and maintaining relationships. And, as an educator, I know how critical it is for schools to build learning-focused relationships with parents and whānau. At the beginning of the year it is important to consider ways you can effectively begin...

Assessment in the Service of Learning

Mary Chamberlain reports from the International Symposium on Classroom Assessment 2014. In schools where assessment is being used in the service of learning we are seeing devolution of power. Responsibility for learning is being shared with learners. Creating the conditions that enable students to take shared responsibility for...

And you finished exactly on time!

Richard Ellsworth, music teacher from Pinehurst School, guest blogs about the parallels between teaching and BBC broadcasting. One of the best things about the Assessment for Learning PLD is having your lesson videoed and then watching it back. You know how it feels to be trying to teach in a calm and purposeful way while...

Developing and encouraging active learners

"If we position our students to be successful, they will be successful." Pauline Gibbons  Active learners – learners who are able to take ownership of their own learning – are becoming successful lifelong learners. Active learners believe in themselves as learners and understand that they are able to exert...

Empowering learners: sharing the locus of control

“You don’t have to be frightened about learning. You just have to be prepared to ask lots of questions . . . to find out what you don’t know. I like helping the others too . . .” Derek - Year 6 ‘priority learner’  Confident, connected and actively involved life-long learners The New...

Encouraging active learning at school and at home

There is a strong focus in education on connecting learning between school and home. The general understanding, backed by research, is that students gain confidence, enthusiasm and expectations of success from parents and whānau who follow and support their learning. An example of the focus is the revamp of the cycle of inquiry in the NZC...

Amplify the magic of assessment for learning using digital technology

There’s excitement in the air as teachers in large cities and small rural schools realise how to enact the New Zealand Curriculum in its full glorious intent by developing a student-centred approach to teaching, learning and assessment. This lies at the very heart of the New Zealand Curriculum. From the OECD’s Centre for...

Assessment for learning - essential for the modern learning environment

I am the new kid on the block at Evaluation Associates. I'm writing this in my ninth week as a PLD facilitator after being a deputy principal at a primary school for 14 plus years. In these few weeks I have had the absolute privilege of watching skilled facilitators in action, working with some amazing teachers, and have had the chance to...

Beyond WALTS and SC: Strengthening student assessment capabilities to increase learner agency

Learner agency is a phrase that is discussed, inquired into and developed by many educators across the world. It is inspiring and humbling to read and view teachers’ experiences of their mind shift and the challenges and successes they met as a consequence of increasing student voice, choice and ownership of the learning in classrooms...

Raising achievement and reducing disparity - The story of Evaluation Associates

2019 is a big year for Evaluation Associates Ltd. Not only are we continuing to work with hundreds of schools, kura, and Kāhui Ako across New  Zealand who are committed to improving outcomes for their learners, we are celebrating 20 years of doing so, and doing it well.   I sat...

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