Assessment for Learning (AfL), otherwise known as formative assessment, happens during teaching and learning to help clarify children’s understanding of maths. It gives teachers insights into their pupils’ learning and their own teaching practice. It also empowers pupils to take charge of their own learning.
The goal of Assessment for Learning is to find out if a child has achieved the learning objective and if a struggling pupil is able to complete part of the task.
So, how can you improve assessment for learning in the classroom? And how do you assess learning in the classroom? Firstly, ‘runway indicators’ can help to classify pupils understanding.
- On the runway: the learner cannot do the task, but has the prerequisite skills needed.
- On target: the learner can complete the task independently by working through the problem.
- Flying at cruising altitude: the learner can easily complete the task.