Assesment Cycle

Without assessment student and teacher have no parameters set to work by , no direction during the teaching process and no way of understanding   the students competence prior to examination and end of the course or session.

Assessment is the overall tool we have for measuring the student and teacher’s suitability and learning. Assessment can come in many forms in the teaching sector and each has its own merit and value alongside the others.

We can see clearly the three stages of assessment in the image bellow.


Planning (Initial Assessment)

This stage is where the teacher would assess the student’s capability, learning style and motivation. This could be done in a number of ways, from an open discussion or interview with notes taken by the tutor, an examination or diagnostic test or questionnaire. We would at this stage hope that blooms learning domains are taken into consideration to establish the three pillars before moving into the formative stage. Combining an assessment or diagnostic test with a discussion and interview should make sure we can understand the learners attitude and motivation (affective) alongside his or hers competence (Psycho-motor) and knowledge (Cognitive).

I use in my work various methods of initial assessment:- Individual learning plans, learner contracts, JCP agreements.

JCP agreements are a useful tool for assessing if a learner has any barriers to learning such as dyslexia, hearing problems or literacy issues or language problems. The reliability and authenticity is sometimes questionable due to the nature of the relationship between claimant and advisor taking the notes. Overall the tool is very useful if shared with the learner at this stage.

Individual Learner Plans are contracted part of our record keeping and confirm session aims outcomes and rules and guidelines, this is a written document drawn up with contributions from the learner and coach.

Learner Contract is used on some of the courses I run...