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I need support with this Writing question so I can learn better.

Reply to each discussion with 100 words a piece.

Part 1

When assessing students, we must keep them excited about learning to perform well on their future assessments. As a teacher, we should try to collect evidence reflecting on students’ attitude, interest, and values. Sometimes students can negatively look at testing. There are a lot of students that may also have test anxiety. If students have these feelings towards testing, then they will not perform well on their assessments. Students’ effect should be significant to teachers. I feel that assessing affective variables are substantial, whether it be preinstruction or postinstruction. In my class, I will first figure out which of the variables I would like to assess on my students. I also want to figure out how students feel about certain information they are learning. When I do that, I will then administer to the children. These of these certain issues are not as simple as being distributed as a survey; they can be administered via oral communication. For example, on a daily basis, I ask my students how they feel toward specific lessons that are taught. Once I can see the students’ results, I will utilize them to change my instruction, if needed. It is essential to meet students where they are and build on to that. I believe that psychological experiments should be assessed in a classroom setting so that you can determine whether or not children are answering correctly. I also think that assessments should be administered to students weekly to monitor students’ self-esteem levels as it relates to the different areas they are studying.

Popham, W. J. (2020). Classroom assessment: What teachers need to know (9th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson

Part 2

I feel that assessing affective variables is a pretty necessary form of learning about our students and their interests. As the text points out, “critics have argued it is the job of the family and church to promote values in children, and any attempt by the schools to systematically modify students’ attitudes or values should cease” (Popham, 2014, p. 252). Before this unit, I never thought about the importance of it. I can recall being given affective assessments in school and never really understanding its true purpose. Now that I have a greater understanding, yes, I will use them in my classroom. The results of the affective assessments I give will be used in determining if “instructional modifications can be made whenever inappropriate or insufficient affective shifts in students are coming” (Popham, 2014, p. 267). I believe there are many variables that need assessment and I will be careful to only use those that are universally approved. Some of the ones I am referring to are how they feel about themselves as a learner and how they feel about the subject I am teaching. If a student lacks confidence in themselves as a learner, it could have a negative impact on their future success as a scholar. If a student is not interested in the subject itself, then it can help me to strategize ways of making the lessons more interesting to the student(s). Either way, overall affective assessment is one that I find to be very beneficial in helping me help my students.

References

Popham, W. J. (2014). Classroom assessment: What teachers need to know (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Part 3

Unit 6 Discussion Question has been by far my favorite. It has hit on a topic that I am actually really interested in. The Discussion is: How do you feel about assessing affective variables? Will you assess them in your class, and how will you use the results? Which ones do you feel should be assessed at school?

I agree 100 percent with assessing affective variables. It is not something that I have seen done very much in my three years as an assistant. I, myself, have done it verbally and not necessarily on paper. I believe in getting to know my students on all levels. I don’t believe a teacher should be limited in knowing who it is they are teaching.

I will assess them in my classroom. Like I said above, I believe this is so important. I want to know as much as possible about my students so that I can help them in the best possible way. I have had nothing but wonderful teachers in my past. They cared about me in every way possible. That is why I feel so strongly about assessing them in my own classroom. I will use the results to prepare lessons for my students. This will show me that I can not just teach one way. I will have to tweak my lessons and I am okay with that. I will also use the results as a way of knowing if I should start a weekly “check in” with my students. I believe that the weekend brings about a lot of change with students. Starting off the week with a weekly check-in could give me an indicator about the week ahead.

I believe honestly that they all should be assesses at school. If I had to place them in an order it would be: Value Targets, Attitudinal Targets and Interest targets. I believe that values make a person who they are and everything else stems from that. If you are a great person, a great attitude follows, and that allows for an open mind to find great interests.