Team Gryffindor Discussion 4

Team: Gryffindor

Assessment Block: Discussion 4



Discussion leader: Madison

Note Taker: Will

Twitter/Time Keeper: Biviana

Devil’s Advocate Tweeter: Luna


Summary of last discussion:

You can pair students who are on a winning streak with those that are on a losing streak. This will increase both students’ confident. It will help the student on the winning streak to better understand the material because they will be also teaching it. It will also help the student who is on the losing streak to understand the material.

Assessments can be both frustrating for the student and the teacher.

Teachers should make students feel comfortable enough to ask questions in class. 

When students don’t understand the material you can always try to relate it to a real life situation. Teachers should also try to make the time to see what each student didn’t understand and try to help the student. We could also seek for help or for new ideas from other teachers so that the student can get the help that it’s needed.

For example, on their homework you could revise it and see what they got wrong, explain it to them and make them re do them. 

Discussion starter:

In the first part of the reading, the author goes on to talk about her feelings about assessment when she was younger compared to now. She said that in both instances saying that she was nervous, but obviously in different ways. “It was difficult to move beyond the judgmental aspect of tests. They made kids nervous. They made me nervous.”


One of the ten understandings about giving assessments in the classroom is that informative assessment isn’t always about the grade book, and sometimes giving students feedback not relating to grades is better. From your own experience when you were younger (or maybe service learning), why do you think that is? In what ways can you do this in your future classroom?

The author, from her experience, states “If I meant for every student to succeed, I would have to teach with both singular and group needs in mind.” Do you agree with her statement? If so, how can you put this into practice?

Another understanding is “Informative assessment isn’t about just finding

weaknesses.” She thinks that tests can be used as a way to see children’s progressive growth rather than “what’s wrong with them.” Do you agree and if you do how can you make children see assessments as a positive?

Closing: Has your view on assessments changed throughout this block? What is the most influential thing that you learned that you can bring in to your future classroom and teaching practice?


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