Professional Development Platform

May 5, 2020 Reading Time: 25 Minutes Contributor: Kate Richardson

Revisiting Dylan Wiliam’s Five Brilliant Formative Assessment Strategies.

Wiliam’s five strategies should be part of the core curriculum for teacher development

In this article the author aims to:
▶ Re-introduce Wiliam’s five assessment strategies;
▶ Explore the effective use of each strategy;
▶ Draw connections with cognitive science.

Author = Tom Sherrington

Click below to access the article and return after reading to answer the reflective questions and deepen your understanding.

Reflective Questions – Click to Open
  1. Wiliam says ‘if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there’. This is largely about curriculum planning. Where do you want your children to get to by the end of the lesson/year/school experience? Will your lesson sequence help them to achieve these end goals? Can you explain how?
  2. ‘Owning your own learning’ is at the heart of strong self-regulation. How do you encourage your learners to own their own learning? How do you support them to be good at this – what does excellence look like in self-regulation?
  3. Feedback is only successful if students’ learning improves. How do you students respond differently do feedback – how do you personalise this approach to achieve the best outcomes?
  4. This is where disciplined ‘think pair share‘ becomes so powerful. What makes a disciplined think, pair, share? What others techniques can you think of that best support students to act as a learning resource for one another?
  5. What have you learned by reading this piece that has moved your thinking and teaching forwards – how and when will you apply it?