EAP Theory / CATs

 ClassroomAssessment 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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