To provide parents with an understanding of ‘HOW’ we do things differently at NiBS, an interactive session- “Learning to Learn – Assessment and Evaluation at NiBS” was held on Saturday, 25th July, 2015.
Questions such as ‘How are children assessed at school’, ‘If there are no formal exams till class VI, how are the children’s skills and levels of understanding evaluated’ and ‘What do the grading rubrics signify’ were addressed in this curriculum based programme to help parents to participate more meaningfully in their children’s daily routines and give them an insight into our continuous and comprehensive system of assessment for each child.
The parents were encouraged to participate in interesting activities to give them an idea of how the children are assessed while doing the same activities in their classrooms. They engaged in several hands-on activities like completing the jigsaw to learn about various digestive organs, sorting different types of clothes to understand what fabric they are made of and which season they are worn in etc.
Being involved in the Mock Market set up to learn addition and subtraction, further aided their understanding of how assessment is done in different ways . To have a fair idea of how the four language skills are assessed in English and Hindi, they tried speaking on few topics given to them.
They were also given creative writing topics to pen down their thoughts. Listening to audio clips and answering questions kept the parents engrossed and at the end they were highly impressed on realising how much effort, organization and detailing goes into planning of assessment process.
Authentic assessment scales and rubrics were shared to provide an understanding of how the different skills and knowledge of students are assessed through various activities and worksheets. The ‘Colour Coding’ which acts as a guide to the student’s performance and the effectiveness of the teachers in explaining of a concept was also shared with the parents.
The Head of Middle School, Vibha Ma’am conducted an orientation programme for parents of Middle School. In the presentation she showed an informative PPT on Assessments and different methods of conducting them in the Middle School. She took them through the process of conducting Formative Assessments, Summative Assessments, Weekend Reviews as well as the importance of examinations after class VI.
Interesting science activities were conducted for parents at the end of which some fundamental truths of science were established. Parents were given a taste of ‘Power of Activity’ when they were asked to solve 28 questions in 15 minutes flat! To tickle their brain cells further, they were given an interesting task to speak their minds on a given topic but not before being taken through the process of thinking, commenting, organising, assimilating and finally, speaking.
In the senior school presentation, details about OTBA(Open Text Book Assessment), PSA (Problem solving Assessment) and ASL( Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills) were provided. Assessment schedules, subject specific requirements and steps to help children achieve their potential were also shared.
Samples of students’ work were shown to parents to give them clarity on the parameters on which the students are assessed in senior school. The session proved to be interactive and meaningful as parents got an opportunity to clarify their doubts as well as to gain an insight into the continuous and comprehensive system that we follow in Senior school.
The interaction made the two stake holders, the parents and teachers, reaffirm with renewed vigour that they need to be collaborators and facilitators in the child’s learning process. Needless to say the workshop lived upto its name– Learning to Learn.
‘Learning to Learn’ provided a transparent and open channel of communication to the parents and showed them how our process of assessment is non-threatening, supportive and affirmative for the child. The underlying principle is that “What is tested is what is taught”. Our approach is rooted in a partnership of mutual trust between parent, child and educator. This very approach will help in making learning more meaningful and student oriented.