Clinical Field Experience B: Collecting Pre Assessment Data
Clinical Field Experience B: Collecting Pre-Assessment Data
Once pre-assessment data is collected, student needs can be identified and instruction can be more easily differentiated for each student.
Allocate at least 3 hours in the field to support this field experience.
For this field experience, collect and analyze pre-assessment data in your field experience classroom. When completing this field experience:
Review the pre-assessments you created in Topic 3 with your mentor teacher and select one to administer with a small group of students identified by your mentor teacher.
Observe/assist your mentor teacher with any time remaining for this practicum experience.
Following your clinical field experience, write a 250-500 word reflection including the following:
Summary of the pre-assessment you administered and an evaluation of the implementation process
Summary and analysis of the data that resulted from the pre-assessment
Description of the learning needs of each student identified by the pre-assessment
Explanation of how the data could inform future instruction
APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.
Clinical Field Experience B: Collecting Pre-Assessment Data Example
For the pre-assessment process, I selected the weight measuring activity to be performed with a small group of learners. I carried several weighing machines to the classroom and a range of objects which were measured. I allowed all the learners to experience the activity by allowing them not only to read the weighing scale measurements but also to engage in the measuring process itself by placing various weights on the weighing machines, including the classroom materials. I believe that allowing all the learners an opportunity to get actively involved in the activity was vital for boosting their learning.
During the weight measuring process, the weights of the various objects which were measured were recorded. Objects made from some materials tended to have more weight than those made from other materials. For instance, solid metallic objects weighed more than objects made from wood and plastic materials. This data indicates that their shape or size does not determine the weight of objects. Some large objects weighed lesser than some small objects. For example, a large carton weighed almost ten times lesser than a small iron rod. The wide range of materials that were measured helped in developing more accurate and reliable conclusions.
During the pre-assessment, I noticed that students learn differently. I tried to meet the individual needs of all students. The learning needs which I identified in the pre-assessment are that some learners require more time to comprehend activity results. In contrast, others need an extensive explanation to be able to conclude. To ensure proper comprehension among all the learners, I allowed them adequate time. To cater to the learners who needed more explanation, I repeated explanations in different words and allowed the students to ask questions about the aspects which were unclear for them.
The data gained from this experience is very vital in the development of future instruction. While teaching about weight variations in objects, I would refer to this data. I would constantly ask the learners to recall this activity to help them understand the content even better.