Essential Assessment Protocols

    What about some bright ideas for assessing your students? Below you will find my ideas for assessment that I have learned throughout my teacher training. Some of the ideas are informal assessment, and some are formal assessment. All of them can work well for any type of student, although not all can be used with any age group.

    All of the aforementioned assessment protocols are meant to help in guiding my planning. Keeping records of students' abilities will help determine what plans are developmentally appropriate (i.e. What are the students ready for now?), and how I should proceed with the lesson or unit. These types of assessments will also help me to keep the parents informed of their child's progress and have tangible items to share with them during parent-teacher conferences or open house. The portfolio is a great way for kids to "show off" for mom and dad and be proud of their accomplishments.