How to Write Lesson Plan Step #8: Assessment and Follow-Up
How would the speaker assess her students?
Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com. I'm a credentialed teacher in the state of California and today we're going to talk about the eighth step of writing a lesson plan: assessment and follow-up.As the final step of lesson planning, this is where you determine if your objectives and goals were successfully met, or if you need to reteach the concepts to your class. Your state and district standards should directly influence the assessment activity you choose and it should be relevant to the subject area. Tests and quizzes are often an appropriate assessment tool and a standard choice for many teachers.If you feel that this option is the best way to measure your students' learning, try incorporating a few different exam styles. For instance, not all students do well on multiple choice tests and it's not necessarily because they don't know the answers. If you're administering a 15-question quiz, you could make five of the questions short answer, 5 multiple choice, and 5 true or false. This will give you a better overall picture of whether or not the lesson was a success because your students can exhibit their knowledge in three different ways.Keep in mind that assessments don't always have to be good old-fashioned tests and quizzes. There are several other options by which you can determine whether or not your students met the objectives and goals you outlined for the lesson. For example, if your sixth grade students have just finished an English/Language Arts unit on Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, you could assess their learning by having each of them write a report on the book, or assigning them to groups where they collaboratively create an artistic presentation of the story that they share with the class.If your lesson isn't part of a larger unit and doesn't call for an extremely in-depth assessment, your options could be as basic as a class discussion or completion of a graphic organizer. Worksheets, projects, and experiments are a few other assessment options as well. Again, choose one that's relevant to the subject area and appropriate to the lesson itself.If you find that the assessment results are less than desirable, you'll need to follow-up with your students in some way. If they've completely missed the target, you may need to re-teach the lesson in an entirely different capacity. However, if the assessment results show that there are just a few common deficits present, you may be able to correct this issue with a brief class discussion before moving on.The final step of your lesson plan is an important one, not only because it quantifies student success but because it serves as a measurement of your teaching success as well. With that in mind, be sure to choose the right assessment tools, following-up when needed, and allowing the results to inform your future instruction. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.