Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsCHRIS: When planning lessons and thinking about which activities to use, teachers need to consider how much assessment opportunity is provided by what they have selected and the ways they plan to do the activities with their students. This involves judging the amount of challenge within each activity, recognising what difficulties or misconceptions students might have within that topic area and which questions will instigate thinking and discussion. Anticipating where the points are in the lesson for collecting evidence of understanding and considering what actions you might take if some or most of the children do indicate that they have not quite understood a concept will provide you with a useful map to negotiate the learning landscape with your class.

Planning for learning with formative assessment

In order to be responsive, you need to plan formative assessment opportunities. Without formative assessment opportunities, you cannot gather evidence about your students to plan for their learning. If you completed the Introducing Assessment for Learning course, you will already be familiar with this concept.

In this video Chris reiterates the value of assessment for learning and discusses a number of different ways that you can plan for learning ahead of teaching your students, including:

  • Anticipating where the points are in the lesson for collecting evidence of understanding.
  • Considering the ways to facilitate activities with students, including judging the amount of challenge within each activity.
  • Recognising what difficulties or misconceptions students might have within the topic area.
  • Which questions will instigate thinking and discussion.
  • What actions you might take if some or most of the students do indicate that they have not quite understood a concept.

By considering these points and including them in your planning, you’ll build a culture where formative practice is at the heart of the classroom. Based upon assessment for learning principles, this course covers the following over the next five weeks to help you develop your planning for learning:

Planning for learning course weekly outline: 1. Planning for formative opportunities. 2. Starting points for teaching. 3. Evidence and inferring student understanding. 4. Responding to evidence within lessons. 5. Responding to evidence across lessons.

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This video is from the free online course:

Planning for Learning: Formative Assessment

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