Having written Putting Assessment for Learning into Practice (Ideas in Action) in 2011, I was asked to write a new Assessment for Learning (AfL) book for the Bloomsbury new 100 ideas series. The book was published this week and I hope teachers will find the book to be a useful resource – certainly the feedback from the previous AfL book was very positive, however more importantly I hope it will encourage discussion as the ideas are there to adopt, reject, modify, discuss and adapt.
I must admit – writing a 100 ideas on AfL whilst trying to avoid as much of the previous material proved an interesting challenge. However my aim was to situate the book in a more evidenced informed context as well as being able to draw on more recent developments that are influencing teachers such as ‘lesson study’, ‘growth mindset’, ‘metacognition’ and so on.
Finally the book is dedicated to all those inspirational teachers who simply don’t give up on their pupils! The point being that much of AfL is about extending a teachers repertoire in order for them to be better at diagnostic assessment whilst also encouraging their pupils to become more autonomous and reflective learners – so that pupils are not merely passive receivers in the learning process.
Available from all good bookstores and some not so good!