There are a lot of things you don’t know about your teacher when you are in the class, and I’m not talking about what he did in the weekend!
When your teacher comes into the class, you think that learning is a two way thing, the teacher delivers the lesson and you learn from them, but it is much more complicated than that. In fact it is more like a game of tennis. The teacher hits the ball to the student (asks a question) and the student hits the ball back (answers the question). This game of tennis can go on for a long time. But even when finally the game is over, the teacher is still left doing one last thing….assessing how well you played (learned).
Most of you will have a test at the end of your course. This test may be very important for your overall result, but your teacher already knows if you will pass or not well before you do this test. They measure your ability through these ways.
1. Assessing your assignment that you handed in.
This is obvious, and your will get a result or a comment on your assignment which tells you your strengths and weaknesses.
2. Watching how well you participated in the class.
Were you too shy, were you prepared to make mistakes but have a go anyway, did you listen to other students? The teacher is always listening to you and everyone else and quietly building a bank of information about your skills.
3. Listening to see how quickly you picked up the corrections
When he corrects you, he wants to see a change, did you try to use the new word correctly next time, and usually he will give you some positive feedback if you do, if not he’ll probably remind you again.
4. Observing how keen you are to talk to other students in English.
He knows you may not have much chance to speak English outside of the class, so expects you will take all the opportunities you can to use this class setting to practice. He’s watching you, and making sure you are pushing yourself. He knows that students who push themselves, always do well.
5. Understanding how you learn best
He is constantly looking to see what your strengths and weaknesses are, and what you need from him to help you improve. (Yes your teacher will be doing this for each and every student in the class, if not in every moment, then certainly by the end of the class. This is a must so he can create the best lessons to help you)
6. Talking to you one to one about something
By doing this he is not only finding out the important information that he is asking, but he is also listening to how you communicate, pronounce words and are willing to use new vocabulary.
7. Discussing you with other teachers
Yes, this is true. Most teachers after class will be thinking of how best to help you. Often they will discuss your problem with another teacher who may have some other extra ideas he hadn’t thought of. Also there are other teachers who may have taught you also, so the teacher will ask advice on how they helped you when you were in their class.
8. Asking you directly ‘how are you doing?”
Some teachers prefer to have a one to one discussion with each student somewhere along the line, just to find out how you feel you are doing with your English. From there the teacher can also see how well you understand your own problems. Sometimes a student thinks their problem is in one area, but the teacher can see it is in another. These discussions are very useful for both teacher and student.
All teachers want their students to do well. Hey, it makes them look really good if all the students pass their exams!!! So to do this they need to assess more than just through an exam.
Tell me how you secretly assess your teacher!!
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- How classroom assessment improves learning
- Rethinking whole class discussion