Daily assessment forms: if you’re not careful, filling them out can feel like a chore.
However daunting the task, daily assessment forms are a vital part of the educational process and important for you as the teacher, your pupils as the learners, and your school as the educational provider.
Daily Assessment Forms provide vital information on pupil performance to class teachers for termly and year-end reports.
This is especially important if you are instructing a specialty class such as music, language, or art, as these cover information a standard teacher might be without. Your daily assessment forms augment these teachers’ own assessment forms while helping them plan for future lessons.
Daily assessment forms are beneficial for your own lesson planning.
To put it simply, daily assessment forms play a crucial role in creating a differentiated classroom. A hallmark of such a classroom is the identification of your pupils’ understanding and application of your subject matter, so these forms are an invaluable resource. Not only do they pinpoint how your lessons should generally be planned in the future, they also help determine the steps you must take for specific pupils. It is impossible to add differentiation to your classroom without your daily assessment forms’ information about the needs and dynamics of each class.
Daily assessment forms encourage transparent teaching.
Transparent teaching and formal tracking are things we value highly at Teach Major, which is why our practitioners do just that through their DAF’s. Even in your absence, a school should have access to quick and effective feedback about their pupils’ progress through the comments and behaviour notes in your daily assessment forms. An easy way to ensure they do, is to keep your collated assessment forms in a designated folder in a designated space in the classroom – paper trails are for everyone’s benefit.
So how do you balance all the demands of a busy classroom environment with the priority of this paperwork?
It’s not impossible – simply procedural! First, try to filling out the learning outcomes and success criteria on your forms before the start of lessons, which keeps the assessment process simple and straightforward. Secondly, save yourself trouble and make sure you always have extra forms in the classroom for when your lessons to take an unexpected turn, eradicating the tedious task of transferring your data.
We believe that completed daily assessment forms are imperative to providing a safe, transparent, productive environment. What do you think?
Let us know if you’ve found any tips or tricks for making daily assessment forms seem like less of a chore at email@example.com