Assessing Your lesson with homework assignments

Assessment can be incorporated into your lesson plans to determine students (and your-remember the mirror test?) progress. You can give a homework assignment and them check it to see if the subject has been mastered. Quizzes, tests, portfolios, groip work, reports, individual projects, and software programs as well as a plethora of other means can all be used to provide insight into the progress of students. You need to determine how successfully you created an environment in which the students could learn the material, and wheather or not the class understood what was covered. Deciding how well you did is not always easy. Some of us tend to be too critical of ourselves. Others are quite lenient when it comes to self-examination and decide that it had to be good because “I” did it. Somewhere between those two extremes is probably where most of us will land. A few moments for reflection can be very revealing:

  • Where the examples clear and pertinent?
  • Did the students ask similar questions repeatedly?
  • How were the questions I asked answered?
  • Did the students shows reflection and thought?
  • Were the students able to relate the topic to prior work?
  • Were the applications clear to the students?
  • Could the students see the relevance of the topic?
  • Did I act excited and interested throughout the lesson?
  • Can the presentation be improved? Where? How?
  • Would this lesson be effective with another class?

This is not an exhaustive list of questions to ask as you go over your self-evaluation, but it is a start. Video or audiotaping a class can prove quite revealing. You may also want to create a lesson checklist for yourself. At the end of the day (when you have time), go through the checklist and make notes regarding the effectiveness of the lesson. Be sure to use checklist items that are important to you. Remember this list is a self-assessment of your lesson. You will probably be the only one to see it, but that does not excuse you from doing the self-evaluation.

Another form of lesson assessment can be from student feedback. Have students keep a small notebook that can be used as a math journal or anonymous comments handed in on index cards. Periodically, ask your students to answer questions such as the following:

  • What was the most fun in mathematics during the past week?
  • What gave you the most trouble?
  • What would you like to learn more about?

Collect the students’ journals every week or two. This can be extermely valuable for assessing both lesson effectiveness and student progress throughout the year.

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