As a result of Critical thinking course,  I have found out the difference between assessment and evaluation. They are similar, but different. In my lesson plan I used to write both assessment and evaluation for giving the students marks for the lesson. However, I knew that there was a difference between them. Initially, I thought that the difference was in the way of grading their job. I found the right answer for this question. If you still doubt with your understanding of assessment and evaluation, keep further reading. If not, good for you!

Evaluation and assessment both are ways of evaluating the work done. However, assessment is a part of evaluation.Yes, not vice versa. Evaluation is a way of assessing by giving recommendations, suggestions, feedback and reflection. Also, one can evaluate people’s work by rating in numbers. It is called assessment. In its part, assessment also comprises such activities as checking comprehension skills, following different criteria, making judgements, tracking the progress, analyzing outcomes, but the most important is whatever you check or analyze you give grades. As you might have noticed, in evaluation the grading is not compulsory. That is the difference. What do we USUALLY do after the lesson is over? We give the students marks. So, what is better to write in your lesson plan then assessment or evaluation?

The process of assessment is one of the most difficult in teaching learning. The students are modern and modern nowadays and they won’t think for long in order to approach the teacher and ask the mark she/he got. They are not like Soviet students, who were afraid of their teachers or got shy to ask something inappropriate. They are not like Soviet time students, who, if they see a teacher in the street (shop, theater), will definitely find another way to go so that they won’t run across the teacher. That’s why it is important to pay attention to how assessment comes to one mark in the end of the lesson. What is the most interesting is that assessment should be done during the lesson, but not after or in the end of it. Mostly, I do assessing after the lesson and sometimes find it difficult to give one mark for the student. I think, if I do it during the lesson , it will be easier. Perhaps, most teachers know it and do assessment during the lesson, but for young and inexperienced teacher while-the-lesson assessment was a new thing. A teacher can assess everything the students do and don’t. Once you learn to do during-lesson assessment, you won’t face difficulties in the end of the lesson. Fair assessment can be carried by different methods as observation, role play, written tests, quizzes and so on.

It is another process if a teacher evaluates his/her own job. It can be done by reflection on the lesson, where the students can effectively help a teacher. Simply, give students tables or question papers so that they can write what they liked/disliked about the lesson. Or there are some students, who do not want to disappoint their teacher and simply write “I liked the lesson”. In this case, a teacher can give another set of questions asking what activities they want to do again and so on. Students’ feedback about the lesson plays an important role in teacher evaluation.

If you still wish to get as more feedback for your lesson as possible, you invite your colleagues to the lesson so that you can discuss your GOODs and BADs after the lesson. Peer evaluation isn’t less important one. I hope, you found something new from this post or you have something new for me to suggest, you can share with me. Good luck with your lessons!

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