Daily assessment in the classroom
The first kind of assessment in the Maths — No Problem! Programme is the daily assessment that teachers gather when working with their learners. This formative assessment data can tell us things about how well our pupils are learning and how well they are understanding a concept on any given day.
It isn’t the whole assessment picture, but it’s where we should start when building links between assessment and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Assessment in maths lessons
The Maths — No Problem! Programme encourages teachers to undertake daily assessment using prompts, questions and suggestions to collect information and then act on that information accordingly. Any recorded information including workbooks and journals also provides assessment data to add to the overall picture.
Assessment in Teacher Guides
The key to conducting good daily assessment is preparation. Knowing in advance what you need to do to support your learners will help you get the most out of every lesson, as well as help to make your formative assessment more responsive to your pupil’s needs and more in-line with the results of tests and yearly checkpoints.
Maths — No Problem! Teacher Guides include a section on Formative Assessment for every lesson. Here’s a breakdown of the areas we will be able to assess in a Year 2:
Maths — No Problem! Textbook 2A, Page 48
This provides a good start for conducting daily assessment, but it becomes even more powerful when we ask ourselves the following questions in advance of the lesson:
- Which questions can I ask to assess whether a learner can carry out these examples?
- How can I use the CPA approach for each of these examples?
- How will I best aid the transition from one known idea to an unknown idea in the context of this lesson?
- Does the task/s I am using offer opportunities to assess these areas?
If we are unable to answer any of the questions — don’t panic! This is an opportunity for professional development to help us grow our assessment skills. Your colleagues and the Maths — No Problem! Global Community Facebook group are excellent sources of support and advice. The resulting conversations may give rise to an area of CPD that is needed in order to meet your needs, as well as those of your learners.
These conversations may also tie in with the school’s more formal assessment approach of yearly checkpoints and testing.