5 Reasons for Formative Assessment and 5 Methods for Utilization

What is formative assessment? “Formative assessment refers to a wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course.” (https://www.edglossary.org/formative-assessment/) It doesn’t stop there, however. Assessments should guide a teacher on what to do to remediate, challenge or move on

Classroom Assessment – Broken down into a simple Q&A

Q: What does it mean to assess?   A: Assessing is simply taking a measurement of progress, knowledge, or mastery. Q: How do formative and summative assessments differ? A: Formative assessments are used periodically throughout the instructional/learning process to determine progress.  Summative assessments are given at the end of a unit of instruction to show mastery. Q: Why might a

Five Favorite Formative Assessment Tools

I hope all educators would agree on the importance of formative assessment.  What we might disagree on is the method for assessing.  Maybe you have your “quizzes” all made up from previous years.  Maybe your district requires everyone to administer the same assessments.  Or maybe, you are always looking for new (and engaging) ways to

Google Image Maps

As I watched this YouTube video by Christ Betcher, my mind started jumping to all of the possible ways  to use Google Image Maps in different classrooms.   Here were my ideas: Reading/English classes (any age) – Students can create a drawing (or insert a picture) containing main characters from the passage.  They could link

Quality #assessments – Final Exams?

I’m a people-pleaser.  I’ve been told that by many people (again already this morning, actually).  When I was a student that translated into being a high-achieving teacher-pleaser.  I was a good test taker.  I took good notes, I studied, and I crammed right up until the paper tests were passed out.  I got good grades, got

Assessments…what’s the point?

It seems like I have been inundated with assessments since my first day as a new curriculum director.  First it was being trained (and then training) on mClass and Acuity.  How do we give the assessment?  How do we read the reports?  How do we use the reports to guide classroom instruction and RtI?  Then,

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