Strategies and tools to rethink your evaluation

Going from theory to practice to rethink evaluation… it may seem difficult. Laurie Couture, pedagogical advisor at École branchée, offers a strategy to help teachers review their ways of evaluating.

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Going from theory to practice to rethink evaluation… it may seem difficult. Laurie Couture, pedagogical advisor at École branchée, offers a strategy to help teachers review their ways of evaluating. She recently introduced her to a group of teachers from the Center de services scolaire des Affluents.

“As a teacher, we have no choice but to produce a note at the end of the stage or of the school year, but we have control over how we manage to formulate this note,” she maintains.

According to her, the important thing is to always keep in mind the desired purpose (the educational intention), to communicate it well to the students (at the end of this sequence, you will be able to…). At all times, the keyword should be consistency: consistency between the learning objective and the final assessment. 

Any reflection around assessment should start with the question: What do I want my students to learn? From the answer, it is then possible to construct clear, precise and achievable learning objectives for the students. 

Laurie Couture invites teachers to be transparent with young people: “They must be able to refer to the objectives at all times in order to validate their level of understanding”. Moreover, she suggests presenting examples and counter-examples of the desired goal, and even constructing the evaluation grid with the students so that they know it well.  

Collect traces of learning

Then, the best way to monitor student learning is to collect traces based on what is called triangulation. It is then a question of collecting a mixture ofobservations, of conversations and of productions with each student. The collection of these traces will make it possible to make a more complete judgment on the progression of this one. 

“An exam result should not be the benchmark for judging a student's success or failure. Triangulation allows the teacher to better understand how everyone learns. They also have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in many ways,” says Laurie. 

As one teacher wrote in the chat during the presentation, speaking of the three strands of triangulation: "The advantage of productions, we are used to it, but it often requires a lot of correction time outside of class hours. The biggest advantage of conversations and observations, it's that there's zero work (or almost) after the lesson and the students don't even realize that they are in assessment”.

Strategies for applying triangulation

  • Use an observation checklist 
  • Allow latitude for student productions
  • Give the student the opportunity to speak as often as possible
  • Use self-assessment and peer feedback

Apply triangulation using digital

Thanks to the multitude of digital tools available, it becomes easier to collect learning traces. During the presentation, Laurie also offered some of her favorites. She offers others on its website dedicated to the evaluation

In particular, she presented Talk & How, a Chrome browser extension that allows both teacher and student to record voice messages. “It can also become a way for the teacher to diversify his feedback. »

Flipgrid, which also allows you to collect audio comments, and Edpuzzle, which allows you to insert questions to answer inside a video, and Google Forms, which lets you build forms to collect all sorts of information from students, are among his favorites.

Also, on her website, Laurie offers an example of a grid to record student learning. She recognizes that it can be a little more complex to share later than simple notes. On the other hand, the benefits for the students are greater than this constraint, according to her.

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Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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