My journey with EDS 113 had been a tough but fulfilling one. I took this together with a graduate course which also tackles about assessment but in a more technical and DE side. At first I thought this would be so much of an advantage since both courses are about the same thing: assessment. Yes, I was right because theories and principles discussed in one can also be found in the other. However, I never expected that it would be confusing at some points in time. I found myself thinking that these particular examples are presented in one course when it fact it was presented in the other. Haha. Nonetheless, I think it was one beautiful journey.
EDS 113 enabled me to be more conscious in terms of assessment practices that I get to be subjected to as a student here in UPOU. I learned that these tasks have underlying objectives and that they are not being implemented for nothing. Although I’m not a practicing teacher, I got to imagine myself as a teacher who implements these assessment strategies. I got to think of my stand on various issues discussed in the modules.
Before taking this course, I thought that assessment is a just single entity serving one general purpose, and that is to measure student achievement at certain point in time. I also thought that assessment is not a very important component of the teaching learning process since it usually comes last. However, I realized that there is so much to learn about assessment: types, methods, and processes among others. I realized that teachers should not be limited in the assessment strategies to use but should learn to innovate to cater students’ needs and preferences as well. And most importantly, I learned that assessment is a very crucial part of the process since it not only captures student learning, but also serve as a guidance for teachers and for developing the course components.
I definitely want to be a teacher in due time. And when I get to be one, I would utilize the theories and principles that I learned here in EDS 113. I think that Authentic Assessment as well as Differentiated Assessment should be studied more comprehensively and teachers in all sectors need to be familiar with. These are very helpful principles in terms of creatively and appropriately measuring student performance. Moreover, students should be responsible in assessing their own progress so that they can determine, themselves, how they are faring in class.Thus, in my future classes, I will see to it that I get to apply authentic assessment, differentiated assessment, self-assessments and peer-assessments.
Again, it was a rough but a fun ride! Thank you very much, Teacher Malou for imparting your knowledge to us. My gratitude goes to you as well, my classmates, especially to my groupmates in Assignment 1 and partner in Assignment 2,. The learning that I acquired here is EDS 113 will forever be treasured and be applied accordingly.
Ciao, EDS 113. But this is not a goodbye. This is just the beginning 😀