Practical advice on assessing what children know
in order to plan the next stage in their learning.
Illustrated with video clips of teachers and children
working. A wonderful resource for whole school
INSET. Although a Year 5 class is shown in the
video clips, the techniques can be applied to
any age group.
- Video clips of Year 5 children working with
and without teacher interaction.
- A short video clip of children working without
the teacher focuses on evidence of children's development
in a particular process skill, via a voice-over commentary.
- An on-screen list of developmental criteria.
These can be used to assess the skill and identify
next steps in the learning. Suggestions are given
for helping the children take those next steps.
- The same clip is used to focus on different skills.
- A video clip addressing the question 'What
ideas were the children developing?'. Here, a teacher
is shown talking with the children.
- A spoken commentary focuses on the teacher's
questioning, and the responses to the children's answers.
- Management of the process is discussed.
- Suggestions for practical activities give
the teacher some ideas for trying out the approaches
This information is arranged as an introduction followed
by five sections that can be called up in any order,
depending on the teacher's priorities. The five sections
- Assessing enquiry skills
- Assessing understanding and ideas
- Sharing learning goals
- Self and peer-assessment
- Providing feedback