Assessments can be an important part of any school. As a student, they can be something to tremble and fear at. As a teacher, it can be the same. If I had to guess, I would say that most schools today do assessments wrong. I understand that this is quite a big claim to make, but when we evaluate our teaching and learning models that we have in our classrooms and even school-wide, assessing is usually something done half-fast and last minute. I know that I am guilty of this myself and will examine my own assessment model in light of some theory.
I was in Borders today reminiscing with all of the large science picture books and encyclopedia, being reminded of how I used to discover and learn new things. When I was a kid, I used to go to the library and spend hours in these books, discovering what each page has to reveal to me, in no particular order, filling my mind with more wonder about our world and our universe. My time would be lost in these books, but I didn’t care, because I had no tablet, no smartphone, and no Facebook to distract me (yes, I say distract).