Your lesson plan should incorporate one or more assessment activities. In this section, you’ll review different types of assessment you might want to include.

Assessment for, as, and of learning

There are three inter-related purposes of assessment.

  • Assessment for learning: This is a formative assessment approach used to gain information from learners – for example, to understand what your students already know and/or can do, or to guide your teaching. It is a useful strategy to help differentiate your teaching for different learners.
  • Assessment as learning: This is also a formative assessment approach where learners reflect on their own learning, for instance, by completing guided self-assessments. For example, a KWL chart can be used as a graphic organiser in which students reflect on:
    1. what they already know,
    2. what they want to know, and
    3. what they ultimately learn.
  • Assessment of learning: This is a summative assessment approach, typically used at the end of a learning cycle (e.g. a lesson, a course, or a programme), where evidence of student learning helps the teacher to see how well the learning outcomes have been achieved.

Strategies and activities for types of assessment.

For each of the three purposes of assessment, write down some activities or strategies you would like to use in your lesson. Click on the accordion tabs below to reveal options, and update or develop your original ideas.