Creating and Using Teacher-made Assessments in the Classroom
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Open Workshop: 

Creating and Using Teacher-made Assessments in the Classroom

Date: 2 June 2015, Tuesday

Venue: To be confirmed

Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Workshop Synopsis

Assessment has always been part of the act of teaching. It simply makes sense that teachers must be able to accurately gauge the nature and degree of their students' learning prior to, during, and after instruction. However, for a variety of reasons, assessment is not always used effectively by classroom teachers as a means of progressing student learning.

This one day workshop provides a practical, but theoretically grounded, approach to creating and using assessments in the classroom. Focus is given to a core set of knowledge and skills that are fundamental to effective assessment practices. The guiding principle of the workshop is the importance of alignment between the intended learning outcomes of instruction and the identification of assessment practices that most directly and appropriate gauge students' acquisition of the intended learning.


Learning Outcomes
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate and unpack statements of intended learning outcomes for students
  • Create a blueprint to guide decision-making about the types of assessments appropriate for a set of intended learning outcomes in a unit of instruction
  • Identify the relative merits and limits of different assessment types, including traditional select-response items and also performance-based assessments
  • Critique the validity of current teacher-made assessments
  • Analyze student learning through the lens of the curriculum in order to guide instructional decisions


Target Audience

Classroom teachers of academic subjects and instructional leaders in upper primary school grades and in secondary schools

About the Trainer - Associate Professor Chris Gareis

Gareis best 135mmAssociate Professor Chris Gareis currently serve as the Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Professional Services in the School of Education at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, At William & Mary, Dr Gareis teach doctoral, master's, and baccalaureate courses in curriculum, instruction, instructional leadership, and assessment. Chris is also a licensed professional teacher in Virginia and has taught 8th, 10th, and 11th grade English, public speaking, and 6th grade math and science, both in public and private school settings. Chris holds K-12 administrative credentials and has served as a middle school assistant principal and principal and also as assistant to the superintendent. Chris joined the School of Education at William & Mary in 2001 and was tenured as Associate Professor in 2008. Chris have served twice in the role as Associate Dean, first from 2001 to 2005, and then from 2009 to the present. In this role, he oversees the teacher preparation programs, including coordinating field experiences, partnerships, accreditation, and the Clinical Faculty Program.

Dr Gareis is also an active educational researcher and writer. His areas of interest include classroom-based assessment, teacher preparation, mentoring, teacher evaluation, teacher compensation, strategic planning, and program evaluation. Chris has co-authored books on teacher-made assessments, teacher portfolios, and teacher compensation. His scholarship also includes journal articles, a book chapter, and numerous professional presentations and addresses at local, state, and national conferences. Chris was honored to be a co-recipient of the first School Technology Leadership Research Award from UCEA in 2007 and to receive the Charles Clear Research Award from VERA in 2009.


Information on Registration

Workshop Fee for Open Workshop

S$250.00 per participant. If 2 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same workshop, the discounted fee will be S$200.00 per participant for that particular workshop. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials, 2 tea breaks and a lunch

Click here to register online for the workshop

Closing date: 27 February 2015, Friday


School/Cluster Based Workshop Registration
Dates available for booking: 4 and 5 June 2015

Please contact Joseph Loy at tel: (65) 6363 0330 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on the cost of engaging the trainer to deliver the workshop.

Please indicate your preferred date in the School/Cluster-Based Registration Form but this is subject to availability.

The school/cluster will need to provide the venue, refreshments, logistics, materials and printing of handouts.

Click here to download the School/Cluster-Based Workshop Registration Form.


Other Information

  • Registration is on a first-come-first serve basis. Register early to avoid disappointment.
  • No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees.
  • The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.
  • Principals Academy reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course/seminar due to unforeseen circumstances or if the workshop registration fall below 30pax.
  • Principals Academy also has the right to reject any registration.
  • A full refund of the workshop fee will be made in the event of cancellation or postponement by the organiser.