Assessing student learning
Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) provides teachers with daily opportunities to find out what students are learning and to identify any misconceptions. Active teaching methods, such as class discussion, small-group work, brainstorming and role-playing provide such opportunities.
Specific assessment techniques and questions are suggested at the end of the following sections:
- each EHL module;
- each teaching method in this manual;
- each teacher-training workshop in this manual.
As you prepare to teach EHL, bear in mind the importance of assessing student learning and adjusting your teaching accordingly. Once you have begun to work with the materials in class, ask yourself these questions.
- Am I seeing progress over time?
- Do students apply EHL concepts (such as "chains of consequences") to events in the news and in their own lives?
- Do students, of their own volition, bring in articles from newspapers, stories from radio or experiences from their friends and families?
- Do students see more in the photos the second or third time they look at them?
- Are students becoming more aware of the many points of view involved, particularly those of the victims of armed conflict?
- Are students able to empathize and, by themselves, adopt another perspective?
- Are students beginning to understand the need for humanitarian action on behalf of the vulnerable?
Based on your answers to such questions, consider what you would do differently in the future.