How One School Is Improving Its Teaching And Learning
P.S. ‘Kuzman Josifovski Pitu’ is a long-term partner and collaborator with PEP USAID. leading to improved teaching, learning and student assessment in the school.
Recently, we spoke with the school psychologist and PEP facilitator, Zlata Ancevska, who clarified to us details of the educational improvement. She attended several assessment workshops organized by PEP along with the English language teacher and assessment team coordinator, Lidija Kotuseva. All other teachers and the school director attended workshops on improving assessment.
“After attending PEP’s assessment training, my colleagues and I think we are on the right track towards good change and improvement. The difference in the assessment process is positive and it is shown spontaneously and confidently. The students find the new methods of assessment more interesting and more helpful” – said the school psychologist, Zlata Ancevska.
From what we have learnt, the students particularly like getting feedback from the teachers. The old method of assessment is now in the shade since the new one is more interesting and acceptable to the children. Giving feedback to the students is especially useful for those students in grades 2, 3 and 4, as helps them see which skills they should pay more attention to.
Ema is a seventh grade pupil from Kuzman Josifovski Pitu who fashioned a poster for the Code of Ethics, and thus showed us how well the children understand this code. She also said she liked the new method of evaluation when the teachers don’t just assign cold grades to the pupils but they also tell them what to work on in the future. This is motivating and encouraging for the students.
“I very much prefer when I get feedback information from the teacher regarding what I learnt well and what I should concentrate on.” – Ema said.
The students from this school especially liked working with the Code of Ethics developed by PEP. They are familiar with the examples whilst the illustrated brochure is interesting and close to their age. Regarding the code of ethics, the school organized a workshop where the students worked on a ‘brainstorm’ activity about defining the code of ethics and had some very thoughtful and interesting ideas. It is interesting that the students believe that the adults should take this code into practice and thus become the good role models they ought to be. They fashioned out their own code of ethics for evaluation of the students and made a short film about the typical situations where this code is not respected.
‘Kuzman Josifovski Pitu’ has shown how a school can grow and improve for the benefit of its students by introducing new assessment techniques and working together as a team.
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