5.1 explain the importance of evaluating learning activities
Evaluation is important as it feeds into the planning cycle mentioned at the beginning of this unit and enables both children and teaching staff to think about the learning that has taken place. When evaluating teaching and learning activities and outcomes, it is important that you look back to the learning objectives involved. You cannot measure what the children have learned without knowing what they are measuring against. If we do not think carefully about learning objectives at the planning stage, it will not always be possible to evaluate whether pupils have achieved them. Learning objectives need to be clear for this to be possible.
??? Learners must understand what the outcomes mean.
??? They must be achievable.
??? We must be able to assess pupils against them.
Pupils may not meet the learning objective, but they could have a real enthusiasm for the subject and have participated fully in all aspects of the lesson. You will need to record this somewhere. You should also look at the resources you have used and whether these are successfully used. I record everything that has happened in a book and also I have a profile of all the children on the computer. One of my pupils is dyslexia and when it comes to reading a worksheet we have to use a light blue overlay to help him read the text. I also use a whiteboard as I have to copy sometimes what the teacher has put on their whiteboard as he finds it difficult to read what they have put, he also founds some of the teachers write hard to understand.