(Element 5.1)
Indentify different assessment methods (explain how, when and why you would use each)

Assessments are a way of finding out if learning has taken place, it enables the teacher to see if the learner has gained and required skills and knowledge needed at a given point.
There are various methods of assessments, it is important to know what exactly you wish to assess before choosing a method so you choose the correct assessment. There are many other factors to consider when choosing an assessment method such as what resources there are, how much time there is, the subject matter, the abilities of the learners, the individual learner??™s prior knowledge and experience, the individual support needs, the learning objectives and the external requirements. There must also be appropriate assessment methods used for all learners to achieve differentiation. Despite what method is used it is important to offer a variety of assessment methods to learners to enable them to develop an overall set of abilities.
The following detail what the teacher wishes to assess and the appropriate method chosen:

The student??™s ability to think critically and make judgements:
An essay or journal ??“ reflecting what the student thinks. This could be used to see whether a learner has a certain level of literacy.
A report ??“ the student??™s ability to evaluate and judge information. The level of literacy could also be shown in a report.

The student??™s problem solving skills:
Problem scenarios ??“ how the student identifies a problem, defines the problem, analyses the data and deals with the problem. This could be used in their place of work to see if the learner is competent.

The student??™s ability to perform procedures and demonstrate techniques:
A task to complete on the computer ??“ how the student uses equipment. This can be used to assess whether the learner is competent to use that particular piece of machinery or equipment which my enable them to progress to use more advanced equipment.
An experiment to carry out ??“ how the student follows instructions, procedures or protocols. This can be used to engage students in the activity and enable them to learn from their own personal experience.

The student??™s ability to manage and develop oneself
Setting deadlines ??“ how the student works independently, how they are self-directed, how they manage time, how they manage tasks and how they organise themselves.
Learning Log ??“ showing how the student is developing this could be used to have student??™s self evaluate themselves and indentify where they need to improve.

The student??™s ability to access and manage information
Project / Dissertations ??“ how the student obtains information, investigates, interprets the information and how they organise and deliver it. It can enable students to illustrate a variety of their skills.

The student??™s ability to demonstrate knowledge and understand
Verbal questioning and answering ??“ how the student relays the information you would use this method if you wanted to check if the student is following at the right pace.
Exams/ tests ??“ how the student identifies and recalls what information has been delivered, you could use this method if you wanted to check the student??™s level of progress or whether they have enough skills to progress onto the next level.

Question and answers ??“ the student??™s knowledge or to monitor or review progress.
Assignments ??“ the student??™s knowledge or to monitor or review progress.
Gapped hand outs ??“ the student??™s knowledge or to monitor or review progress.
Quizzes ??“ the student??™s knowledge or to monitor or review progress.

The students ability to design, create and invent
Give the students a scenario and ask them to design a response ??“ how the student uses their imagination and what they visualise and how they go on to create from this idea.
To write a report ??“ so they can use their imagination and communicate this in a written form.
Design a leaflet / poster ??“ how the student uses their imagination in colours and pictures and how it is put together, if done with the computer this shows further IT skills.
Do a survey ??“ how the student has put together the questions and why. A survey would involve a great depth of thinking behind each question in order to collect the right data.

The student??™s ability to communicate
Bring up a discussion in the class ??“ how the student communicates verbally, how confident the student is, how they communicate within a group and what contribution is made.
A tutorial ??“ how the student communicates one to one.
Oral presentation ??“ how the student communicates verbally, how confident the student is, how the student??™s leadership skills are, how the student can deliver information and present.
Group work ??“ how the student communicates with peers. This would be used to suit visual and kinetic learners, it allows weak and strong learners enabling weaker learners to grow and stronger learners to contribute.
Debate – how the student respects others points of views and how confident they are to contribute.
Discussion ??“ how the student shares experience and knowledge. This method would be used to encourage interaction.
Written presentation ??“ how the student communicates through a written format.
Questioning ??“ how the student communicates verbally. This can be used to develop a student??™s talking skills and for the teacher to check the learner??™s understanding.
Role play & practical work ??“ how the learner thinks and shares knowledge. It can be used to promote a greater understanding of an experience, to challenge the learner and to build confidence and communication skills.

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