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Task 4- Discuss the possible value of opportunities you might plan and develop to improve your own practice and knowledge of assessment issues. (400 words) Striving to improve ones teaching practice is an on-going part of the profession. It is imperative to continue to and to acquire new skills to guarantee that learners will always receive a high standard of education.

There are a large variety of resources that are available to teachers that can be helpful in improving knowledge and skills on assessment issues. A teacher may wish to improve on various parts of assessment theory including giving constructive feedback or to learn how to create valid, relevant, fair assessments. A very useful approach is to update your skills and knowledge of assessment by researching using books or material available on the World Wide Web.

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There is a vast amount of books and online material dedicated to providing information on assessment topics, such as Assessing Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector by Jonathon Tummons plus the ubiquitous king of teaching theory Geoff Petty’ Teaching Today and Reece and Walker’ Teaching ,Training and Learning which are both very informative when it comes to assessment theory, or the tda. gov. uk website. Assessing Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector provides very good information on the various types of assessment used, how to design assessment tasks, using feedback to help learners improve and what type of records to keep.

This book is very handy as it provides guides of assessment tasks, and tests your understanding by using short tasks/exercises. The use of books and online material to enhance your teaching practice is beneficial as it is cost effective, can learn at own pace, provides theory that can be experimented within lessons; however a disadvantage is that it is not practical based and you may find difficulties transferring theory into practice.

Learning by observing an experienced teacher such as your mentor or colleagues is another way of improving your teaching practice. This can be done though observing a teacher issuing coursework or giving feedback to learners, view samples of assessments he/she has issued and seeking advice through discussions. This approach to developing as a teacher is hugely significant as you are able to receive suggestions and advice from an experienced professional and it also improves communication amongst colleagues.

Further study or undertaking a course that solely focuses on assessment is a good way of developing. I have recently completed my City and Guilds A1 assessors course and qualification. This is a good way of improving as you obtain knowledge of assessment from specialists whilst receiving a recognised qualification; however it can be an expensive option if unlike myself my employer paid for me to attend. References Petty,G (2009) Teaching Today, Fourth Edition, Cheltenham, Glos, UK, Nelson Thornes

Reece,I and Walker,S(2007) Teaching, Training and Learning a Practical Guide, Sixth Edition Revised, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, UK, Business Education Publishers Ltd Tummons, J (2007) Assessing Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Second Edition, Exeter, Devon, UK, Learning Matters Ltd Bibliography Armitage,A et al (2007) Teaching and Training in Post Compulsory Education, Third Edition, Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK, Open University Press Petty,G (2009) Teaching Today, Fourth Edition,

Cheltenham, Glos, UK, Nelson Thornes Reece,I and Walker,S(2007) Teaching, Training and Learning a Practical Guide, Sixth Edition Revised, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, UK, Business Education Publishers Ltd Tummons, J (2007) Assessing Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Second Edition, Exeter, Devon, UK, Learning Matters Ltd Wallace, S (2007) Teaching ,Tutoring and Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Third Edition, Exeter, Devon, UK, Learning Matters Ltd

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