Evaluation is part of any learning process because it offers a reflection on how information is perceived and stored. Moreover, it gives a new perspective on the state of things, thus, evaluation is a learning tool in itself. Be it a math competition, or regular in-class assessments, evaluation is highly important.
With online education blooming, teachers have met the challenge of assessing and evaluating students through technology. Being an online school, OMC has experience in technological evaluation, so we have selected a few evaluation tools that teachers can use.
Math being a practical discipline, the easiest form of evaluating students is either by participating in math competitions or using modular testing. The traditional methods of evaluating the learning process are:
Participating in math competitions
A most common and old method is for the student to enroll in school-level, national, or international competitions, which are now also held online. There are established and branded competitions like Math Kangaroo, or AMC, but also tournaments, or olympiads.
Regular Test Papers
A familiar traditional method for evaluating the learning process is a regular examination or test papers. We all know them, across generations, since they have been used as the primary assessment tool. Nowadays, online teachers can create regular test papers using various platforms, or software/apps designed especially for this.
As annoying as they are for students, homework is both a learning and an evaluation tool. By doing homework, children have the possibility to research on their own and deepen their knowledge, and also find out what they don’t know or don’t understand yet.
Or better said surprise questions! These random, all-of-a-sudden questions that teachers can address during a lesson are also efficient attention-grabbers! It is recommended that pop-up questions be short and in active speech. For example, during an online math class, the teacher can ask the student to fill in the explanation, or guess the missing word.
Switching to a global online education system has encouraged teachers to search for more dynamic and challenging processes. If games are usually considered relaxation tools, they are increasingly used as learning opportunities.
Perhaps interviews are the most dreaded form of assessment, however, if children are exposed early to this form of evaluation, they will develop better social skills, and they will also find it easier to talk in front of a crowd. Oral assessments can be used even in practical disciplines like mathematics to test theorems or mathematical language.
A dynamic and fun activity that can be used for teamwork, or independent learning. Projects, same as homework, offer students the opportunity to enable personal research and learning skills, and also discover what they don’t know yet. Teachers can ask for online projects on educational platforms like Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams. Besides these, there are the so-called LMS (Learning Management Software) that can be used in order to create classes and assignments.
The method of switching the roles of teacher and student can be rewarding and entertaining for students. Also, it will be a challenging and revealing tool. Tutors can assign students to teach a lesson themselves. This often gives students a boost in their confidence and a better understanding of how the learning process happens.
Our math tutors use various evaluation tools that are focused on the student’ deeper understanding, and not necessarily on their results. We are nurturing a comprehensive type of learning that students can also apply to real-life situations. We offer individual and group math programs so that each student can have a tailored learning experience. Find out more about the Online Math Center and enroll your child to become our next math champion!