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Journal # 4 ​- Van Der Kamp 1

Blake Van Der Kamp

Teacher’s Academy

Nancy Recchia

October 14th, 2018

Teacher: Matthew Henning

Observed Class: Physical Science

Journal #4~ Chapter 6, Assessment, InTasc Standard #6

What is the best way for a student to learn, and what must a teacher to induce that? In Mr.

Henning’s Physical Science class this is done through two types of assessments. These two types are

informal and formal assessments, and these can be seen through many different aspects of Mr.

Henning’s teaching. These ideas focus on a student’s acquisition of knowledge and the amount of it

they retain. To restate, informal and formal assessments serve as crucial tools for students and teachers

to give and evaluate knowledge, and they are also used by Mr. Henning in his Physical Science class.

In Mr. Henning’s class it has become apparent that students refuse to pay attention. This

problem is solved by continuously asking students questions, but another motive can be found as this

also serves as a informal, or formative, assessment. A formative assessment mainly focuses on

building a students knowledge while making sure they retain it. Assessments can also serve as ways

for a teacher to measure one's knowledge, so they can accommodate accordingly. Returning to the

example from Mr. Henning’s class, he continues to ask students questions on the certain topic in

Physical Science. These questions can vary from “what is the answer to the question,” to, “why do we

not focus on the valence electrons of these elements?” These questions are also almost always given to
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students at random. Thus, this idea in learning forces students to engage and learn in class rendering

this idea beneficial and important. Furthermore, a informal assessment focuses on building a students

knowledge, and this can be seen through Mr. Henning’s discussion-like instruction.

A formal assessment serves as a primary tool for individuals to see their own growth as well as

the teacher to see it too. A formal assessment is different from a informal assessment as it focuses

more on the knowledge one has rather than what they are gaining. This idea can be shown through Mr.

Henning’s quizzes and tests. These assessments focus on the ideas that Mr. Henning has covered in the

Physical Science classroom. It also allows the students to draw knowledge from themselves. This

overall idea of formal assessments, or summative assessments, is crucial as it serves at a representation

of students understanding for the benefit of everyone. In summary, the summative assessments the Mr.

Henning gives such as tests serve as a important tool for teachers and students in the evaluating of

knowledge that students already have.

Finally, one can observe that informal and formal assessment serve as pivotal tools that benefit

everyone involved with education. Formative assessments enable students to stay fully engaged in

learning, thus providing them with knowledge. This idea can be displayed through Mr. Henning’s

random questioning of the class. On the contrary, summative assessments serve as an overall

evaluation of the students true accumulated knowledge, and they come in forms such as quizzes or

tests. These two ideas together are important as they allow students to absorb knowledge and

understand what they know. In conclusion, a formative and summative assessment serve as useful

devices in class which benefit the students and teachers like Mr. Henning as a whole.