How will we know they are learning?
Formative vs. Summative
Formative assessments are assessments to inform instruction (for learning), while summative assessments are assessments of learning.
Why should we use Formative Assessments?
Only by knowing where each student is on their learning path can we truly differentiate their instruction.
Options of Formative Assessment:
*Individual Dry-Erase Boards/Digital Whiteboards (on iPads)
*Self-Assessment (Ex. Stoplight/Show Me Wallet)
Give students two or three minutes to reflect on and summarize their learning.
*Why am I wrong? Give an incorrect answer or misconception. Students write why the answer is wrong.
*Index Card Responses (Respond to question about the lesson)
*Headline - write a headline to describe a key understanding from class.
*Who, What, Where, When, Why, & How? - Write about what they learned in the lesson.
*ABC Summaries - Give each child a letter (skip the difficult letters). Students select a word starting with that letter that is related to the lesson.
Here is a great video using an Admit Slip Strategy called - My Favorite No
*Anecdotal Notes (“+” or “-”) Did they understand or not? What additional support or differentiation do they need?
*Look and Listen (Eavesdropping on groups)
Ask students to display a designated hand signal to indicate their understanding of a specific concept, principle or process.
*1-2-3 Show me (1 = know very little, 2 understand well, 3 = I could teach it to someone else)
Hint: Keep fingers or thumb in front of chest.
*Pop-Quizzes (not graded)
Quizzes assess students for factual information, concepts and discrete skill. There is usually a single best answer. Some quiz examples are:
Formative Assessments Using Technology:
Click on the Assessment for video tutorials & suggested ideas.