Assessment Methods

The different assessment methods that are available are diagnostic, formative, summative, ipsative and norm-referenced.
Assessment is a way to be able to discover how much learning has taken place in each session which i can then identify how much knowledge and skills have been gained by the students. It is essential to begin a course with an assessment of students’ prior learning in order for the teacher to pitch their teaching at the correct level and to ensure inclusion of all students learning needs.
Before each student is accepted on to a course an initial assessment is taken place. This is called a diagnostic assessment. This is carried out to ensure that they are applying for the right course and level of qualification. This kind of assessment is based on maths and literacy which uses ICT to evaluate the learners before they enrol.
In my practical lessons I always start with an assignment brief indicating and illustrating the tasks required for the workshop. Then the students will identify the risks in carrying out the work and the correct PPE to be worn to reduce the risks. My learners then identify the tools and materials required and list these in a requisition sheet. We will then go through this process as a whole group, with me asking questions to the whole group and individuals, this assessing allows me to see what learning has happened. Then I will demonstrate the tasks whilst questioning my learners to evaluate their knowledge on the tools and how to use them safely. I carry out a visual observation on each student as they attempt to do the task demonstrated -giving advice on how to improve and progress. Their work is then assessed, according to the set tolerances, by themselves initially and then me . Sometimes, depending on the task, if I notice, when observing a student, that they have made a slight mistake, then I will let it pass and see if they notice and can identify where they went wrong and if they can correct it. This is also a good...