Assessments Drive Instruction

Everyone thinks they know what they want, but if you really think about it, we only know what we don’t want, based on what we don’t like. This can be dangerous, because if we don’t know what we want, we don’t have an end goal and we end up losing focus. Instead of having a specific goal to work toward, we end up with a whole list of things to stay away from. We know we do not want to fail. We know we do not want to be poor. We know we do not want to disappoint.

I see this same thing when talking with schools, organizations and service providers. They need help assessing their learners in different career choices, social skills, soft skills, independent living skills, etc. and they know what they don’t want:

  1. They do not want to have another program to learn.
  2. They do not want to invest in another failure.
  3. They do not like working more than they have to.

Tools to Make Life Easier

I would have to agree with all of these sentiments. I, personally like to research different tools and technologies to help me be more productive in what I do. For example, I use Evernote to document all of my notes and to-do’s in the cloud. It allows me to jot things down on the fly, document websites, snap photos which all syncs to both my iPad and my computer. I’m familiar with the tool, I know that it does what I need it to do, so it would be hard to switch to a different tool.

Figuring Out What You Want

It is my job to help organizations figure out what they do want:

  1. They want to be better at their jobs.
  2. They want to help their learners transition out of the supports into independence.
  3. They want a tool to help in doing what they need to do.

Our assessments are programmed to drive instruction. Everything that we do is student-directed and scored in real time so all you have to do is pull up the documentation and use the data however you need. I have seen people literally cringe when they hear the word ‘accountability’ which is exactly what these schools,organizations, and service providers need.

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By | 2017-04-30T16:18:28-04:00 October 30th, 2012|Education|0 Comments

About the Author:

Art Janowiak III is the VP of Sales and Marketing at The Conover Company. He graduated from St. Norbert College and is a sales expert. He has experience speaking, training and putting together online courses for emotional intelligence and career assessments. He currently lives in Appleton, WI with his wife and two daughters.

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