I’m in Hyderabad at the British Council’s International Teacher Educator Conference on assessment and evaluation. The conference is quite large. I don’t know if they reached their goal but they were expecting around 1000 delegates. Until today, my goal has been to go to sessions where the teachers from India are engaged and have a lot to say. I’m using this time to get better acquainted with the conditions and issues that the teachers here face. I’ve been really happy with how that’s going. The conference is full of really bright and eager teachers with plenty to say. I really look forward to working with some of these people this year.
Today, I presented on Classroom Assessment Techniques as a Introduction to Formative Assessment. The CBSE in India has asked teachers to bring more formative assessment into the classroom, but many teachers say that they haven’t received enough training to implement it.
My idea was to provide a quick, easy, no-risk technique that would allow teachers and students to experience an example of pure formative assessment.
The presentation was very well attended with many of the audience standing across the back of the room. The audience had many great questions that helped the presentation be tailored to their interests. After the presentation, many people came up to request contact information and copies of the presentation.
Typically, because I design all my own presentations and dislike typical bullet-point style slides, my presentations are not of much value without me there to explain the slides. I consider that a mark of a good presentation, actually. However, for this year, I will be talking to many teacher trainers who will need to take that information back to other teachers. I have planned, therefore, to make presentations as informative as possible, so that the information in them can be conveyed to others.
This afternoon, after checking out of the hotel and before going to the airport, I added speakers’ notes to the slides and made the presentation available for download. The material is copyrighted, but you are welcome to use it for educational purposes, especially to share with other teachers. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, or, if you use it and have ideas for improving it, I’d love to see your comments here.