I ask participants of my workshops to respond to four statements by colouring concentric circles to reflect their agreement or not with the statement. When coloured to the outer rim of the circle, participants strongly agree with the statement. If they colour only the inner segment, the participant strongly disagrees with the statement. Of course they can colour anywhere in between! The diagram below contains a summary of workshop participants response to the statements so far!
- I learned how action research can improve my inclusive assessment strategies.
- I learned what inclusive assessment is and how it aligns with curriculum.
- I learned how to develop an action research plan to enhance my practice.
- I learned how implementing inclusive assessment assists me to assess learning of a variety of learners.
Participant comments and feedback
I had a group of five staff participating in this round and found it very worthwhile. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Jennie has been a leader in the field of inclusivity and a very strong advocate for making education accessible for all. (Head of Curriculum, Primary, QLD).
Very informative – interesting- gave me something to think about – motivational. (Secondary SEP Teacher, QLD)
We need all staff at my school to do this! (Secondary SEP Teacher, QLD)
Great for teachers to have an understanding of how assessment can be adjusted for impaired student outcome. Not all assessment needs to be written. (Teacher team member, Primary and SEP)
I loved it. Thank you Jennie. I wish I could have you sit by me all day. (Teacher team member, Primary and SEP, QLD).
Very informative an motivating towards action research and inclusive practice in the classroom (Teacher team member, Primary and SEP, QLD)
Free workshop resources
Resources used in my workshops can be found here.
Workshop participants will be provided with a password to access more specific resources !
Link to The Teacher Toolbox video (prim, sec, EAL/D), document and lesson ideas.
The Frayer Model is a graphic organiser for building student vocabulary. This technique requires students to define target vocabulary and apply their knowledge by generating examples and non-examples, giving characteristics, and/or drawing a picture to illustrate the meaning of the word. This information is placed on a chart that is divided into four sections to provide a visual representation for students.
Inclusive assessment strategies are those that enable all students to demonstrate their learning. For some students adjustments to the teaching and assessment procedure need to be made.
There are are a set of great resources at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).
The QCAA highlight five common adjustments
There are some terrific books about Action Research. I have provided a list here.
However, my favourite book and the one I will refer to during workshops is –
Booktopia can get it to you quite quickly.