Planning for learning: formative assessment in science and mathematics NE710

Improve your planning and tailor activities to create assessment and feedback opportunities for your students with this online course.


Summary

Online course. Guided by experts in assessment for learning, on this course you’ll plan to identify your learners’ thinking, clarify learning goals, and fine tune your teaching, so you are better able to progress your students’ understanding, both in and between lessons.

Plan based on learners’ starting points, use success criteria, and develop your classroom questioning to adjust your teaching approach and respond to student learning. You’ll also look at medium-term planning and the benefits of working with colleagues as you change your practice.

Planning for learning

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“The practical ideas and discussions really helped me reflect upon my teaching practice and has changed my approach to planning and teaching of lessons." - Participant feedback

Who is it for?

This course is for teachers, curriculum leaders, teaching assistants, newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers and others involved in teaching science, engineering, technology, computing or mathematics. It’s suitable for educators working at primary, secondary or further education (ages 5-19 years).

Departments and schools can use this course to structure their own CPD, with support from local CPD providers.

What topics are covered?

This course is structured into five weeks:

  • planning to gather evidence about your students’ learning
  • planning to address misconceptions
  • collecting evidence to inform your teaching
  • planning to respond to student understanding during lessons
  • medium-term planning to respond to student understanding across lessons

This course takes around three hours per week to complete. You can choose when and where to participate, studying around your work and life commitments. You are supported and encouraged to discuss your ideas with fellow teachers, try out activities, apply concepts to your teaching context and reflect on your practice. You will have access to high-quality resources, including classroom footage and guidance from experts in STEM education and assessment.

Who are the course leaders?

This course is led by international experts in assessment for learning, Dylan Wiliam and Chris Harrison, with experienced teacher and educational consultant Andrea Mapplebeck. Dedicated mentor support is available for 7 weeks from the start of each course instance. A recorded Q&A session with the educators is available in this course.

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • explain how evidence-based practices suggest teachers should use formative assessment in a purposeful way
  • identify students' starting points and how to plan to move them forward successfully
  • demonstrate how to make evidence informed judgements about your students
  • apply a range of approaches to respond and adapt teaching during and in between lessons
  • develop your planning for flexibility and evidence collecting opportunities (including addressing difficult areas and misconceptions)
  • evaluate when and how students will consolidate or move forward their understanding across a sequence of lessons

Notes

The email address you give when you apply will be used to send you joining instructions and information about your course. Please make sure you can be contacted directly with this email address.

This course is hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform. In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to your details being shared with FutureLearn under their Terms and Conditions for Invited Learners. By accepting the National STEM Learning Centre’s invitation to register on this course on FutureLearn, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common.

The invitation to register on FutureLearn will be sent to you no later than the course start date.

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