7. Planning, assessing and reporting

7.2 Plan and continually monitor their students’ learning, using a wide range of formal and informal assessment methods.

Focus questions:
  • When monitoring students’ learning how do you determine what is to be assessed?
  • What breadth of assessment do you include in your program designs?
Samples of practice

(a) Backdrop:
Backdrop:In this post-lesson interview the teacher explains the informal assessment that takes place during a fieldwork day. He monitors the students’ learning during the fieldwork activities. This process indicates to him that the learning is much more successful than that which results from a classroom ‘show and tell’.  To what extent does his method demonstrate an understanding of a wide range of assessment procedures?  

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(b) Backdrop:
In this sample a student responds to the question How did your teacher help your learning?To what extent do the phrases ‘how everyone is doing’, ‘going to come around and help’ and ‘check if we are ok’ show that the teacher is using informal assessment practices? Why does this approach appeal to the student?

Sample 5 GEOG 06 [4. Student voice Slide 1 and 5]

Further links and resources

Description of the challenge to geography teachers:
“You should think carefully about how you can assist (students) in making progress across the sequence of lessons. Good planning will enable (students) to do this, but so will well constructed learning activities that show you what (students) know and can do. Such activities become assessment opportunities, without you ever having to mention the ‘a’ word to (students).”Bhargava M, (ed) Citizenship PGCE. London: London Metropolitan University Course handbook 2009 – 2010; 2009. p B26Accessed on: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/londonmet/fms/Citizenship%20PGCE%20handbook%2009-10.doc(Accessed May 2010)

1. Knowing geography and geography curriculum
Accomplished geography teachers: 
2. Fostering geographical inquiry and fieldwork
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3. Developing geographical thinking and communication
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4. Understanding students and their communities
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5. Establishing a safe, supportive and intellectually challenging learning environment

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6. Understanding geography teaching – pedagogical practices
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7. Planning, assessing and reporting

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8. Progressing professional growth and development

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9. Learning and working collegially

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