Teacher Designed Assessments

This past week in my assessment class, we learned about teacher designed assessments (TDA). These types of assessments are useful as a supplement to the curriculum. TDA usually require students to circle the correct word, draw a line to match two images, fill in the blank, etc. Using these types of assessments in the classroom allows you to collect data at any time in order to better your instruction of a topic.

As I’ve discussed in the past, I’ve been observing in an Autism classroom this semester. The student who I am working with for my case study assignment doesn’t talk very much (although he has been talking more since the beginning of the semester!). I have received information from the cooperating teacher about the students likes, dislikes, etc., but I haven’t been able to ask the student questions and have him answer me. Therefore, I’m currently in the process of making a modified interview. I’ve typed questions and provided images as answers. For example, one question says: “What do you like to eat?” Under the question I have put a picture of pasta, a hamburger, a sandwich, chicken, and pizza. If he likes any of those, he can either point or circle the image. I’ve also included questions about what he likes to play, what his favorite snack is, and his favorite color. I’m hoping this will be the perfect tool to interact with this student.

Do you have any recommendations on how to make an assessment or how to reach out to this student? Comment below!!

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