4.4 Your assessment practice
These two final activities are designed to bring together your learning from this course and to encourage you to reflect on your assessment practice.
Download the pro forma, Evaluating assessment practice, and use it either while observing or teaching a lesson so that you can analyse what you see or do, or following the lesson as a form of reflection.
Write a brief analysis (400 words) about what you learned about your assessment practice from this process and how you used it to plan for subsequent lessons.
Using your learning from this course, together with the principles of assessment that we have outlined, over a period of four or five weeks develop an assessment profile of three young people whom you teach.
Describe the approaches to assessment that you took, relating these to your understanding of assessment practice in music gained from this course and elsewhere. Particularly focus on how you ensured that assessment was musical and how you involved the young people in the assessment process.
Note down and analyse what you found out about your students’ musical learning, particularly:
- areas of strength and any difﬁculties they were experiencing
- the extent to which they achieved the planned learning objectives
- any difference between what they felt they were supposed to – or wanted to achieve – and what you wanted them to achieve
- how you used this information to plan future lessons.