Planning, Teaching And Assessment Process

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To begin the planning, teaching and assessment process, it must start with discovering what children know and understand, this can be done through assessment and, therefore, is where to initiate the cycle according to Webster (2009). However, some practitioners start the cycle by planning for lessons based on the curriculum content of the previous year (Fisher, 2013). The practitioner may then start teaching according to the predicted lack or extended knowledge, and, therefore, confuse and fail to progress their learning stated by Fisher (2013). An example of this would be presuming that the children had completed and felt confident in using halves and quarters, and, therefore, starting an activity on writing fractions or using bigger fractions. Completing an activity like the example would only cause more confusion and could end up being a more difficult task than it had originally begun. Therefore teachers should start with assessment, and plans should remain flexible until the information of all the learners is collected (Fisher, 2013). One way of assessing children is through formative assessment, this is by obtaining information within a teaching unit that is then adjusted for future educational scenarios (Antoniou and James, 2014). Formative assessment can help to identify both weaknesses, strengths and help enhance the student’s motivation (Yan and Cheng, 2015). Using teaching assistants (TA’s) and higher level teaching assistants (HLTA’s) within formative
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