This is the stuff of every teacher training course:
“The most important single factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows. Ascertain this and teach him accordingly.” David Ausubel
I know we need to do some sort of pre-assessment at the start of a topic and make changes to our plans based on the results. Usually learners appear convincingly ignorant and I’m free to teach what I’d already planned.
But I know they did it last year. So what’s gone wrong?
For any other assessment, I’d spend a fair amount of time revising before the assessment. I’d set revision homework and I might go over the material quickly before the final assessment. I want them to do well. I don’t do this for pre-assessments. I should.