Any
system will never be completed unless all parts are present. The same way with
the instructional process, it will never be called a “process” if it lacks one
part, and one of the major components of instructional process is assessment. But
what is this assessment that makes the instructional process complete?

Assessment,
from the word itself, it assess the overall part of the instructional process
which is its main purpose. If we are going to compare it to a human, its role
is evaluator. It evaluates if the objectives have achieved, if the content is
attainable, if the materials and activities are suited for the learners and the
most importantly, its highlight – the students ‘progress and development. If we
are going to categorized it, there are only two things that assessment assess –
on the part of the teacher and on the students.

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Assessment
is crucial for a teacher. It is because it gives feedback on his/her
instruction especially if the objectives that he/she set has been achieved. Moreover,
it notifies him/her what are some lapses during the process that he/she ought
to fix the next time he/ she will be teaching. It also criticizes if the
materials are suited for the kind of diverse learner he/she has. Furthermore, it
informs him/her if he/she needs to implement enrichment, remedial activities or
any interventions for those students who need instructional assistance so that
they will be able to cope with the lesson that he/she is teaching. Lastly, it
reflects on how effective did he/she executed the lesson through the mean
percentage score or mps that he/she got.

However,
assessment gives feedback not only on the teachers’ part but also on the
students. As stated earlier, assessment provides a response about how the
students progress and develop and we can see this is through the activities
that a teacher gives such as written works, performance tasks and quarterly
assessment. There are also different kinds of assessment that can be used by a
teacher, it’s either observation or interviews so that he/she could be better
familiar with them and to understand more about their background. These assessments
are ought to be implied so that the teacher will be able to know if the
students have already a knowledge or if they learned something from the
discussion that they did. Moreover, it is crucial to know if the students have
already those skills and abilities that they must equipped so that they could
be competent enough to face the real world independently. Lastly, it would
reflect how well the students perform – is it poor, fair, satisfactory, very
satisfactory or excellent.

 

Overall,
in the whole session, I learned how important the assessment is and its major
function in the instruction process. It is now clear to me that without
assessment, no matter how beautiful and well-constructed the other parts are,
if assessment is gone, all will be in vain. As a future teacher, I believe that
assessment is always a part of my life. I will use the results of the
assessment to make my teaching more effective. When assessment informed me
about my the lapses and shortcomings in my lesson plan, of course I will never do
the same thing again and I will think of a better strategy to make my teaching
improve. Lastly, I will see to it that assessment will be my better half in
advocating successful execution of instruction.