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

The Plight of the Learner

Every teacher – even those in their first year of teaching – have had struggling learners in the classroom.  Actually, a great teacher would have times when every student was “struggling” – but that’s a different article.  “Struggles” can take on so many different forms: attention issues, learning challenges, home life, physical limitations… I remember

The #1 Reason Formative Assessment is Imperative to Learning

Previously, I wrote a post featuring some of my favorite formative assessment tools.  They are pretty simple and fairly well-known, and yet, I received many thanks from talented teachers for the list.  I also hear, often, of formative and summative assessments being confused.  That led me to write a very simplistic comparison of the two.  Then,

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