Episode 48 Creating Lifelong Learners Through Formative Assessment with Dylan Wiliam

In this episode, Emeritus Professor Dylan Wiliam will discuss formative assessment and why it is the most important thing teachers need to get right in their classroom. He will also provide details on how to do formative assessment well at school, develop students to become lifelong learners and provide practical guidance to help educators get started with formative assessment.

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Learning doesn’t stop once the bell rings. Students choosing to learn outside the classroom should be the goal of teaching. In line with this, teachers can use formative assessment to mould the student into someone who chooses to learn on their own. Rather than improve the work of the learner, improve the learner.

In today’s episode, Emeritus Professor Dylan Wiliam will discuss formative assessment and why it is the most important thing teachers need to get right in their classroom. He will also provide details on how to do formative assessment well at school, develop students to become lifelong learners and provide practical guidance to help educators get started with formative assessment. 

Tune in to the episode to find out how to instil a lifelong love of learning in your students. If you’re an educator aiming to help your students become independent learners, this show is for you!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

 

  1. Discover why formative assessment is critical to student learning. 

  2. Learn how teachers can perform formative assessment in their classrooms.

  3. Emeritus Professor Dylan Wiliam will share strategies on how to use formative assessment in helping students become lifelong learners.

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Episode Highlights

Intuitive and Empirical Cases for Formative Assessment

  • The intuitive case emphasises the importance of what the learner already knows and using it as the starting point in their education.  

  • Good teachers start where their students are. Knowing their students’ capabilities can greatly improve their teaching.

  • Assessment of what a student knows is the bridge between teaching and learning. 

  • Formative assessment proves to be effective based on empirical data presented by various studies.

  • Teachers using formative assessment in class observed considerable improvement in their students. Listen to the full episode to find out how!  

How Students Become Lifelong Learners Through Formative Assessment

  • Formative assessment is composed of five strategies: success criteria and learning intentions, collecting evidence of learning, providing future-focused feedback, collaborative learning, and activating students as owners of their learning.

  • The primary purpose of feedback is to make students become self-regulating learners.

  • Students shouldn’t be dependent on feedback. The purpose of teachers’ feedback is to help students become able to take over their learning.

  • Peer assessment is a stepping stone to self-assessment. 

  • Listen to the full episode to hear examples of how the five strategies of formative assessment work inside the classroom. 

How Teachers Can Do Formative Assessment

  • If you want to meet the learning needs of all of your students, then you also need to get evidence about what’s happening to all the kids in the class.

  • Teachers need to model effective practice so that the students can take it over themselves. 

  • Teachers should think of one teaching technique that they would like to try and use it until it’s second nature to them. 

  • Create a culture in the classroom where students feel okay about making mistakes. 

  • Plan and use a hinge question to determine where the lesson will progress to based on the answers the students provide. 

On Feedback, Collaborative Learning and Motivation

  • The purpose of feedback is to improve the student. Improving the student will improve their work.

  • Collaborative learning makes students accountable for the quality of support they give each other. 

  • To develop self-assessment skills in students, creating a learning portfolio can help track the progress they made and develop a growth mindset. 

  • Motivation is an invisible learning tool. Success motivates students, as much as motivation drives success. Showing students how to succeed can be more motivating than anything else. 

  • Teachers need to produce students who know how to act when faced with new situations. The worst thing we can do for any child is to turn them off learning.

Practical Advice for Teachers in Implementing Impactful Formative Assessment

  • Think about how you can make decisions that better support your learner. 

  • In teaching one-on-one: Don’t ask questions, make statements. 

  • In teaching large groups: Plan your questions, create an inclusive response system, promote peer tutoring and collaborative learning, engage students in a reflective activity.  

  • Listen to the full episode to hear the examples given by Dylan Wiliam.

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Comments

  1. Vanessa

    Hi, just wanted to point out that his surname has only one L, not two. Dylan made a point of making sure that everyone took notice during one of his conferences.
    Have a great evening

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