Instruction and assessment
My belief in doing assessments is that it is very important, because without assessment of the students, we would not be able to assess ourselves as teachers. Assessment shows us where we need to improve in order for the students to succeed. It also shows us if the lesson we came up with is not only progressive but engaging. I formed this belief through the classes I have been in to receive my teaching degree and how the assessment has helped me know what I need to do as a teacher, as well as the students feeling like they are heard and helped.
As I have been student teaching, there was one lesson I taught where the students were going to create a word cloud mask over their photo. I did not do enough of a formative assessment to see where they were at comprehensively, thus creating a lot of confusion when it came time to take photos. Therefore, I know now to do a better job of assessing my students earlier on and going more in depth as to what they understand and what they don't understand. With that being said, talking about students artwork in a critique is one of my favorite ways of doing a summative assessment. The student feels as though the work they put into it is noticed and appreciated. Students are then more inspired to create more works so that they can continue to receive helpful feedback.
Some methods I found effective were gallery walks with a critique and tests on material. Both of these showed the students that this class wasn't just for a grade. It is to learn how to use materials effectively and purposefully to create a piece of art. I also think that performance assessments work well in critiques because it allows me as a teacher to know if students are participating enough and comprehending the material. Formative is a great assessment to gauge where students are at in the middle of a project, summative is a great assessment to see if you would ever teach the lesson again based on how the students reacted to the final project.