We want to assess for growth in development, next learning goals, gearing up or gearing down; we want to assess with intention. Does this lesson/activity have a purpose? Are the questions I’m asking effective and efficient in figuring out where students are at exactly? Is this purposeful? Then again we may have good intentions but let them fall by the way side. It’s been helpful to me to make a list of my objectives for the week in order to write my lessons, but also to reflect on why I’m teaching this. This leads to a more purposeful evaluation of my teaching as well as a key evaluation of their growth–their learning.
Now that’s something to mull over if you feel as though your ideas, topics, or lessons are in a rut. Chew on some self-evaluation…yum!