7. Planning, assessing and reporting


7.3 Prepare assessment for learning, recognising the positive achievements of students and indicating directions for improvement.

Focus questions:
  • What are the main features of your feedback to students?
Samples of practice

(a) Backdrop:
In this sample of an assessment sheet i.e. data broadsheet, the students are asked to complete six questions and activities related to a thematic map of Geelong. The assessment tasks relate to the concepts of location and relative location. To what extent does the teacher demonstrate that she is diagnosing levels of knowledge and understanding and at the same time engaging the students?
Sample 2 GEOG 01 [5. Sample of student work: Relative location (pdf)

Further links and resources

Description of  formative assessment:
“Formative assessment is about ‘feeding back’ and ‘feeding forward’. (Students) should receive useful feedback from you and their peers to allow them to make timely progress. Furthermore, you should use what you learn about (students’) understandings and skills in order to impact on your planning for the next few lessons, making adjustments to allow them to make effective progress in the short and longer term. Using ‘peer’ or ‘self’ assessment although essential, is not the be-all and end-all of formative assessment. Just as useful can be giving (students) the chance to rework their initial plans or ideas using such feedback. You should try to use a targeted range of assessment strategies over time that both diagnose learning needs and stimulate learners’ interest and engagement.” Bhargava M, (ed) (2009) Citizenship PGCE. London: London Metropolitan University Course Handbook 2009 – 2010; 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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