In MOVIE 1, Paul Black from Kings College in London
reports on an article he and Dylan Wiliam wrote entitled
"Inside The Black Box". This piece of writing
reviewed and summarized hundreds of educational research
articles, and concluded that one of the two most reliable
findings from educational research was that formative
assessment techniques, when done well, can have in clear
and significant impact in improving students' learning.
Formative assessment involves teachers giving timely
feedback to students to improve their thinking rather
than receive a judgment from them that then gets ignored.
It involves a number of techniques that teachers need
to learn to implement one at a time, and at their own
pace. Some techniques include gathering data about what
students are and are not learning, which then shapes
the direction of future instruction, and supports students
in thinking further about a topic. The effect that a
teacher putting grades and/or commentary on student
work is one of the surprising findings you'll hear Paul
report on in this movie.
Print out this Black & Wiliam article that has proved
popular with schools and teachers through the United Kingdom.