Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival 2016

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Veena Das

The Riverside School,
307,Near Army Depot,Airport Road,Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Making Learning Visible

Assessment is from the Latin word “Assidere” and means “to sit beside”. It involves the act of showing the child the value of his/her work with the sole purpose to inform, repair and prepare. But it has now become synonymous with ‘Quantification’ of ‘learning’. The universal demand that it has to have uniform norms has drowned the autonomy that is required for it to reflect true learning. And therefore, assessment has petered down to pencil and paper tests where only the lower three rungs of Bloom’s Taxonomy are addressed.

As educational institutions have children through the ages of two and a half to sixteen, the quantum of proficiency gained across the spectrum in every domain the school engages the child in is by no means an easy task to assess. It cannot be uniform, for assessment for the very young ones has to be radically different to the way learning is assessed in adolescents. For e.g. an adolescent is required to showcase how he would apply his learning in a domain to contexts outside of it.

The Riverside School has endeavored to re look at assessment by bringing the voice of the child into the process. The ‘One size fits all’ model has been discarded and has brought in ‘equity’ into this partnership. It invites the child’s participation in what he/she wants to be evaluated upon. It allows learners to choose different ways in which to make their learning visible as well as provides the educator different perspectives of what learning entails.
It has designed, developed and documented assessment opportunities for Making Learning Visible in children with the sole goal being ‘The Well Being of the Child’.

It is time to re look at the form and function of education. If education is to make students more competent and less helpless, should we not look at the manifestation of learning in all its various nuances?

BIO

Academic qualification:

a) B.Sc.  Bangalore University, Bangalore
b) B. Ed. Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu
c) Attended Workshop on Design Thinking in Education at Stanford
d) Currently studying for MA in Literature from IGNOU
e) Training in Multiple Intelligences, Teaching for Understanding, and Making Learning Visible

Professional Experience:

•    School Leader for Key Stage 3: developing curriculum and managing the implementation of curriculum
•    Conducts workshops and training sessions for teachers and school leaders both in-house and outside

Awards:
•    In the course of her journey as an Educator she has been recognised twice by the NCERT and has received Awards for her Teaching Practices in Science. The Karnataka Teacher’s Welfare Association has also awarded her for her paper on "How to Teach Math to Primary Children."