While summative assessment is a main part of measuring pedagogical outcomes and monitoring student understanding, it is not without challenge.
Although some students thrive under pressure, others respond better to learning assessments that monitor their understanding over a period of time, without the formality of a high stakes test environment.
That said, to ensure students get the best learning experiences and opportunities to bolster their knowledge in different subject areas, teachers need to be able to identify those students who are in need of a little extra support.
Using classroom technology and accompanying software, teachers can turn down the pressure on summative assessments by stimulating students to interact with their learning whilst demonstrating their understanding.
The Promethean ActivPanel acts as the creative hub of the classroom, enabling teachers and students to become more actively involved in their learning, interact with lesson content and boost engagement.
As a result, the accompanying lesson delivery software, ActivInspire, and its range of assessment programmes can help teachers to introduce measurement techniques into lesson delivery to increase awareness of summative assessment style questions and model to students how to navigate these.
Acting as a quick-fire way to measure student understanding, polling tools accessible via Promethean software can give teachers the opportunity to introduce question and answer rounds into lesson delivery. This encourages students to engage with questions, support critical thinking and enable teachers to identify students who may need further support.
Interactive Whiteboard app:
Comparative assessments are a great way to support independent thinking and showcase different viewpoints, which as a result, can be instrumental when it comes to summative assessments. The Interactive Whiteboard app can inspire class-wide collaboration and sharing of ideas that can help to instil understanding that is valuable for future assessments.
These are just some ways teachers can help students engage with lesson delivery and think about summative assessments without the pressure of a high-stake environment.
Teachers will be able to monitor and measure student understanding in a subtle way, by encouraging class-wide discussion and promoting conversation between students. This can help to simulate the experience and get students ready in a low-stakes manner.
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