Workshop 3A: Effective questioning and classroom assessment techniques
Much of a TA’s role during section is to formulate generative questions, structure activities that check student understanding, and give effective feedback. In this workshop, you will explore several classroom-based assessment and questioning techniques that are based on the principles of giving effective feedback.
- Explain the fundamentals of designing activities that scaffold learning in sections.
- Describe the difference between feedback and feed-forward in summative and formative assessments.
- Experience and plan to implement a variety of questioning techniques and no/low-stakes classroom assessment techniques.
Workshop 3B: Designing and Grading Assessments
TAs are responsible for creating, implementing, and evaluating assessments. But what makes a good assessment? How can we use assessment to support learning? And what are some reasonable ways to grade student work? In this workshop, you will use principles from evidence-based design to make assessments more focused and impactful, and help you with practical grading strategies.
Explore a variety of ways to grade student work efficiently based on its role as a summative or formative assessment.
- Consider how students use feedback and feed-forward in their studies to inform the TA’s use of grading/feedback strategies.
- Practice designing questions and tasks for assessment.
- Recognize what information about student learning is provided by an assessment.