Position yourself as a learnerOne of the first things to do when re-thinking assessment is to to position yourself as a learner, and Nadell suggested asking yourself the following questions:
- What things do I love doing when I am a learner?
- What inspires me?
- What am I passionate about in terms of Māori Education?
- What spins my wheels in the learning that I do?
- What style of learning do I enjoy and what keeps me focussed when I’m in a learning environment?
Traditional views of assessmentTraditional views of assessment, Nadell explained, "see classrooms full of tamariki (children), all in one space having to sit and listen. The teacher delivers a concept or problem for them to engage with. If this is how our tamariki are learning, what are we expecting when we assess them? The emphasis in this environment is placed on the grade rather than what students have been asked to learn".
Nadell went on to speak about Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (the Māori equivalent of the NCEA), which embraces strategies that are most efficacious for Māori learners, and Māori achieving success as Māori.
Assessing for success: Strengths-based assessment
- S = scaffold
- U = Unite
- C = Co-create (something great)
- C = Capture (the rapture. Not sticking to the curriculum and making the most of the learning)
- E = Elevate (to perpetuate. The students are constantly on a high and experiencing levels of success)
- S = Strive to thrive (developing a high level of resilience)
- S = Support (what is taught).
Questions you may also be asking...
So how are your assessment 'lenses' now?
Manu closed by asking:
- So how do you now view assessment for Māori and Pasifika learners?
- Was it a tiny adjustment to make? Have the shape of your lenses totally bent out of shape?
- Does it inspire you to consider improving your views about how to make assessment more responsive to the needs of Māori and Pasifika learners? Making it more high-tech?
- How are your lenses?
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