Good day everyone! It has been another week of learning. This week our topic is all about the Frameworks for Assessment of Student Learning. I have learned the differences of objectives, learning outcomes and goals. In addition, I have also realized the importance of aligning the assessment to the learning objectives. And lastly, I was able to know the Bloom’s Taxonomy.
This week, we have sets of questions to answer for our ejournal entry. These are the following questions that I will answer as you go along with this entry: 1.) Recall the earlier years of your education. Do you feel that your teachers have crafted your learning objectives well? 2.) Consider past experiences as a learner and look ahead into the future as an educator or professional in a related field; what are your personal reflections and insights about alignment in assessment? How huge is the impact of well-crafted objectives and aligned assessment to the future of a society? 3.) As a learner, would you prefer a teacher-centered or a student-centered
Learning Objectives in my earlier years of education
Honestly, when I am in high school, I don’t care about the objectives of what we are discussing. In fact, we don’t even have a time for us to know the objectives. Some of my teachers do not even tell us the learning objectives for a specific subject. Thus, for the answer in question number one, I do not think that my teachers crafted our learning objectives well. Maybe, through our discussion they used the objectives for their basis on the teaching method that they have used. Other than that, I, as a learner, was not able to know the specific objectives for the lesson. It is only when I turn college, when I was able to encounter the learning objectives being flashed in the screen before we start discussing the specific topic.
Alignment in Assessment
As I have learned in my previous readings, assessment must be aligned to the learning objectives. If you do not aligned the assessment to the learning objectives, you might fall into a distorted learning of the student, thus, you (as a teacher) do not accomplished your tasks and responsibilities. Hence, you should articulate your learning objectives first, and make sure that it is specific and measurable. Then you proceed with the planning of your assessment. Since I have learned this already, as a future teacher, I should, by this time, know the process of making and aligning my assessment. Furthermore, if you have made your objectives measurable and specific and then your assessment was aligned to your objective, learning of students would surely within the specific goals that our education is trying to achieve. As a result, we will have more students that are equipped with knowledge and skills for their future life and of course, also for the society.
As a learner, I prefer to have a student-centered assessment rather than a teacher-centered assessment. This is because for me, if the focus of an assessment is in the students, we (as a learner) can easily monitor our difficulties and at the same time our achievements. In addition to that, in learner-centered assessment, questions of students were addressed promptly and learning of students was constantly monitored. Thus, students would surely learn. Moreover, teachers let the student monitor and experience their learning in student-learning assessment rather than passive teaching and assessment in teacher-centered assessment. Lastly, students should be the main focus of assessment because they are the one who are being thought of knowledgeable teachers. Assessment for teachers must be set only as information for their progress, efficiency and things to improve, but the main focus of the assessment should be on what have the student learned for the specific situation and in their learning process.
THOUGHTS TO REMEMBER
Assessment must be aligned to the specific learning objectives. You may opt to set your objectives while referring to Bloom’s Taxonomy for a higher cognitive learning. Learning objectives must set as the foundation of the assessment that you are going to use. And it is better to center your assessment in your student rather than yourself (for teachers).