Realizations

My Final Journal Entry

What am I taking home from this course?
How have my views changed?
Have I been moved into action?

Now is the TIME!

“Education makes sense because women and men learn that through the learning they can make and remake themselves” – Paulo Freire

After this 10-week journey, I couldn’t imagine I can possibly write my final journal entry for this course. Who would have thought I will go this far. The first time I saw the course guide, I thought I can’t make it till the end. I don’t even know how to start with everything. I don’t know how to create an e-journal link using the WordPress. Writing a blog?! It’s not my forte. I don’t know how to express my thoughts and emotions in writing. Until Teacher Malou introduce her way on how a teacher and student will work in tandem. That is the essence of this course.

There are different reasons for continuing my education after how many years being outside the academy, working with no ending paper works and doing the routinely task in the company I am presently employed. All of a sudden God gave me a reason to pursue studies. I wanted to be secured in the future and be qualified for the position because employers now are looking for the most qualified candidates for the job. I wanted to improve my innate discipline and of course, I wanted to gain confidence. And then I enrolled here in UPOU to get units on Education. I wanted to teach.

Assessment is an interesting subject. This is different from the previous subjects I had in my college days. The assessment I know before is like the common types of the test that are usually given at the end of the lesson and grading period. Projects, oral recitation, quizzes, etc. What I have learned in the definition of Assessment here is that, in higher education it describes any processes that appraise an individual’s knowledge, understanding, abilities or skills acquired through active participation in a course. True to its name, The Principles and Methods of Assessment-delivers, identifies and justifies the methods that will work to every individual and most especially to the future educators.

In summary, this subject changed my views and perception about assessments. It enhanced my learning. All the learning and skills acquired are evidently transferable to the future generations.

Now is the time to overcome past setbacks and deliver. Now is the time to focus and applied what I have learned in this course and arrive at a consensus outcome for the incoming opportunities in my life.

Thank you to all of my classmates and group mates who also became my friends. Most of all, Thank you teacher Malou for having this opportunity to be your student and for guiding me in all aspects of learning. I know what I wrote here does not express too much emotions. Words are not so deep but, at least, I finally can write a blog. (ha-ha-ha!).

Again, I am extending my sincerest gratitude to all. God bless us always.

Realizations

Module 6 “Assessment Planning, Reporting and Feedback”

Do we need a change?

The time of assessment planning and reporting in school is a stressful time for most of the teacher whether they are old or new teachers. As a student, I experienced the struggle on accepting timely feedback from my instructor, so as with the teachers I guess. I do understand their efforts on providing effective assessment, reporting of grades and feedback. It is not that easy.

Looking and thinking at the challenges of reporting feedback and assessment in time, it is necessary to have professional strategies to incorporate into the teacher’s practice. Strategies such as follows up and maintaining communication, organizing the materials that’s been using, and planning and preparation for its success can be applied as a survival guide if ever an instructor may encounter such difficulty in giving timely feedback. Teachers must provide timely, effective and appropriate feedback to students about their achievement relative to the learning goals. As I have learned in this module that teachers should select from a range of tools to provide targeted feedback based on the student’s need. Using feedback effectively is critical to help student like me, in reaching my academic goal.

Rubrics for me, is still useful to allow students to be aware of what the teacher is looking for. Just what I have mentioned on the other activity, rubrics have also its benefits. First, it helps them assess the assignments consistently from student-to-student, thus can save time in grading both short-term and long-term. Second, it will clarify expectations and components of an assignment for students, give timely, effective feedback and promote student learning in a sustainable way. Lastly, an instructor’s teaching skills will be refined by evaluating rubric results.

Throughout the process of planning, reporting and feedback, I must say it posits everything in the process of teaching and assessment cycle from the start-up to the transfer of knowledge and in the interpretation of the results gathered. I’ve been thinking about how difficult it is to make big changes and try to transform this into something that makes sense. For me, there is no need for a change, instead redefining the use of assessment tools as much as possible.