Tips for Creating Motivating Assessments

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It is always important to prepare the students for challenging assessments. Sometimes these assessments shatter the confidence of the students when the result comes with negative marks. Good assessments lead to good scores in independence and learning. Teachers can take smaller steps to create motivating assessments that will help students polish their skills and boost their confidence.

In this blog, we are going to discuss some tips from the teachers’ point of view in account to help both students and teachers.

Ensure that your students know how to study

Every teacher works as per his or her teaching methodology that he has been working on since the day first. Whether you devote the entire period to teaching them a lesson or just teach them in chunks, students will only get to know the crux, if you are clear with your methodology.

Make sure your students know what to learn

In this methodology, what you do is make a list of the assessment topics and share the topics with the students. Know not every topic will be given to the students but some of them. However, students will learn them all by heart and then come up in the class not knowing whether that was the syllabus or the topics that are going to be in the assessment. This way, the assessment will be less hectic for the students to obtain a good score. This thing will boost their confidence and make them positive in the future also.

Complete that assessment yourself first

After coming up in the class, you can discuss the assessment to make them remember that they have something to do today. Make a sample assessment and then complete it in the class yourself first. Students will find it easier and this way they will revise it also.

Allow the students to decide the date for the assessment

When the assessment dates are not fixed, leave it to the students to decide when their assessment should be held. You can even ask them to set the time as per their feasibility. This way by holding onto more responsibility from organizing the assessment to setting the time, they will feel more on the upper hand and will prepare it well.

Give them a choice within the assessment

Another approach you can go with is to give them a choice of questions within the assessment. Like if you are giving 7 questions, ask them to answer 5 only. The reason is you confer a much greater feeling of control to the student, which in turn can be highly motivating.

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Derek Schuelein

Derek Schuelein is a passionate high school educator and principal for high schools in the U.S.

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