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 Classroom Assessment Techniques [CATs]

 1. Classroom Assessment Techniques

CATs empowers students to take more control over their learning outcomes. By incorporating self-evaluation techniques into every class, students have the opportunity to reflect on what they have learnt, found difficult and would like to achieve in the future. Students jot down a quick response. It also benefits the teacher in identifying where students are having difficulties.

  • “What was the most important thing you learned during this class?” and “What important question remains unanswered?”

  • The Muddiest Point:  “What was the muddiest point in [the lecture, discussion, homework assignment, film, etc.]?” The term “muddiest” means “most unclear” or “most confusing.”

 Key sets of phrases

What did you learn?

What did you find easy? difficult?

What will you do differently next time?

What was clear about the lesson / session?

What was the muddiest point? What are you going to do about it?

How are you going to apply this learning in the future?

What did you understand?

What didn’t you understand?

So, what now? How are you going to improve your understanding next time?

What was the most useful point from today’s class?

Was anything unclear? Do you have further questions?

How can you apply this learning to your own writing?

What has been difficult today?

How have or will you over-come these difficulties?

Have you got any further areas to follow up out of class?

What are you going to try differently next time?

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