Tda 3.7: Support Assessment for Learning

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The role of the teacher is to plan, resource, monitor and assess, as well as teach the class. At the beginning of every lesson the children are given the learning objectives for that lesson. The teacher will ensure that all the pupils will be able to achieve the majority of the targets. This also allows the teacher to monitor the progress of the pupils.
As a learning support assistant it is my job to help prepare the resources ready for the lesson, understand the learning objectives so I can assist some of the ‘lower’ groups achieve the objectives. I will monitor and report back to the teacher any progress or difficulties that the pupils have made or have. We have different charts for different subjects to clearly track how the pupils are doing.

Formative assessment
This is using assessment methods to ensure the pupil is learning within their lesson. Some of these methods are –
• Using open-ended questions – this allows the pupil to think for themselves, some children will wait for the adult to talk and use their answers, but giving them a question such as “ How would you do…?” will allow them to think.
• Observation – We can learn so much from just watching a pupil work, for example, a pupil may work on their own in Maths fine but then seem to talk a lot to others during English, and this may mean that they a bit more help in English.
• Listening – we can monitor which methods the pupil finds easy or difficult.
• Checking understanding – we can ask the pupils throughout the lesson about their understanding of the task or subject.
• Reviewing – At the end of each lesson the children are asked to ‘traffic light’ their work and place it into a Red, Yellow or Green box. This allows the children to think about what they have done and if they felt they fully understood what they had to do. If they put their work in the red box then they feel that they could do with some extra help.
Summative assessment
This assessment is usually done at...