During this time students will be encouraged to think and reflect on the material covered throughout the lesson. At the end of each topic, I have always been instructed to assess students through summative means of assessment: Class Tests. However, I also used many other informal means of final assessment to help guide students toward better learning.
This is a fun and engaging form of assessment which challenges the student to recall what they have learnt in 60 seconds. The student challenges him/herself to remember as many concepts, words or definitions which they learned throughout the lesson.
This form of final assessment is suited for Religious Education, as students create their own understanding and opinions about controversial issues/ideas. It allows students to record and express their feelings as well as what they learned about a particular issue that was new to them.
Chapman and Gregory (2007) inspired me to experiment with the construction of class tests, while at the same time following instructions from co-operating teachers.
I allowed each student to write two questions with they felt other students must and should know at the end of the topic.
I then compiled the questions together and formed a ‘student to student’ class test.