Essential Assessment Protocols
It is important to have a variety of assessment methods in your classroom instruction. All students learn in different ways and are better at displaying their knowledge in that specific manner. Also, by testing students knowledge with different protocols, as a teacher you are confirming what the students already know, and what the students still need to practice. Below are the assessment protocols I will use in my classroom.
1. Writing journal entries about the important information learned about the lesson (Harmin 1994)
2. Check lists marking students progress in learning the lesson material (Orlich,Harder,Callahan,Gibson 1998)
3. Grade students on their social ability to work with others in cooperative groups
(Augustine, Gruber, Hanson 1990)
4. Group and individual achievement on projects representing the material learned in class (Orlich,Harder,Callahan, Gibson 1998)
5. Student self evaluation forms (Harmin 1994)
6. Direct observation assessment (Alberto, Troutman 1995)
7. Random quizzes given in class (Orlich, Harder, Callahan, Gibson 1998)
8. Problem solving abilities in cooperative groups (Schaffer 1998)
9. Completing homework assignments (Orlich, Harder, Callahan, Gibson 1998)
10. Asking open-ended questions and having students solve them with correct procedural skills (Schaffer 1998)
11. Classroom discussions, showing meaningful input and critical thinking skills (Orlich,Harder,Callahan,Gibson 1998)
12. A work sample assessed in the multiple intelligence area of the learners choice( Kincher 1990)
Having a variety of assessment protocols makes evaluating the students individual progress more accurate. It displays the students knowledge in a variety of ways, making the material more interesting for the student and a better source of achievement for the teacher to grade.