Self And Peer Assessment: Assessment Of The Learning Process

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Assessment of the learning process is an integral part of teaching and learning as we want to check whether our students are achieving the target objectives and parents and all members of the school community want to know how well they are doing.
However, assessing Young Learners can be problematic. We all agree that it is our job to create a relaxed and stress-free classroom which they can learn English and express their creativity and individuality in and the pupils’ knowledge of English often comprises singing songs, listening to songs, take part in games, etc and this not easy and straightforward to assess objectively. Besides, assessing children is different from assessing adults since their characteristics require different assessment
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I do it on a lesson basis, normally in the final 5 minutes, and by doing it, children develop their critical thinking skills since they have to think about what they did and how they felt while participating in a certain activity. For me, the earlier children are accustomed to this type of evaluation process, the easier it is for them and, as they grow, will become more accurate in their self-assessment process. In addition, this type of reflection encourages children to be active participants in the evaluation process, a key aspect in child-centred pedagogy. In the scope of our daily action research, it gives us hints on what needs more practice so that we can plan our future work in a more accurate way. Regarding peer-assessment, I believe that, with time, it can influence the classroom atmosphere in a positive way as children learn how to respect each other and it also fosters the feeling of community as all children verify that they are learning towards the same goal. However, peer-assessment is difficult to implement in the first years, at least, in an effective way. Children will manage to do it because as they grow, these skills will be…show more content…
We do not want children to tell us they do not like learning English because they cannot achieve positive results. It is our job to create all the possible opportunities for all learners to succeed, even those who struggle more with the language. Sometimes an encouragement word, a praise, a reward sticker/stamp in the right moment does more than a positive mark on a test. In this sense, it is important to know our pupils well and their characteristics so that we can use the most adequate and age-appropriate assessment methodologies so that they are assessed in a positive, friendly and child-centred way. I also believe that we need to take into account everything the child does independently at home as it is often a synonym of the child’s interest and commitment towards language

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