How to help students track their learning progress.

Tracking students’ learning progress is effective in helping them understand their learning state. The curriculum at school can sometimes be bulking and most students might forget some of the topics that must have been taught at the beginning of school resumption or mid-school period. As the teachers, we shouldn’t only aim to finish lesson plans but also make sure the students are also following. Setting a tracking system helps students take control of their learning progress and perform on high-stake tests which enables the teacher to know when to slow down learning and when to retake a particular lesson. A test based assessment is not always the best way to assess students learning, this makes the focus on what the student can do rather than what they cannot do.

Here are various ways to monitor their learning progress

  1. Formative assessment:  Formative assessment doesn’t necessarily translate to students getting high-stake in the test, it about detecting where students need help by providing elaborate feedback on a task which can enhance their learning. The teacher is, therefore, advised to focus on the task, not the learner while giving unbiased feedback.  Creating a list of skills or pre-assessment as a checklist or google forms which you can get students data, ensure to share these data with them. This also gives the ability to assess themselves and help both the students and teachers to reevaluate.  
  2. Curriculum-based monitoring test: These are standardized test given to students to test their knowledge of almost or all topics taught during the school year. These methods enable the teacher to know when the students are learning and when to restrategize by changing the teaching method. This method is good when the teacher focuses on the problem affecting students learning progress rather than their grades
  3. Frequent evaluation: This helps to determine where students are falling short, the positive part of the evaluation is when done with the students, this enables the students to know how to set their learning goals and the areas to work. This evaluation can be done by using the data collected from assessment, test to pre-teach student struggling to understand some concepts, by peer-tutoring them because some students require assistance to learn and practice some materials and also re-teaching by using past assessment.
  4. Observation and interaction: Observing your students can help determine their progress and learning retention. Interacting with your students helps them communicate with you about their concerns and learning progress.

Tracking students learning progress takes times and observing them requires good skills and helps you determine when to change your teaching methods.