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Formative Assessment

Find and share ideas for checking in with students during a project, class, or semester to assess their learning and see if content or instruction needs adjusting.

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The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology

To assess your students' ongoing awareness of what and how they're learning, consider using cameras, screenshots, video, and screencasting as everyday classroom tools.

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5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.

Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

Giving feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely, and goal-related will provide students with opportunities to revise and improve their work and deepen their understanding.

5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

Teacher feedback must be informative and encouraging for students to fully understand whether they're learning and what they can do to improve the learning process.

Hit the Mark With Digital Media Exit Cards

Learn about the importance of formative assessment and explore engaging ways of using mobile devices to enhance the tried-and-true exit slip.

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Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom

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Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!

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Building SEL Skills Through Formative Assessment

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Timely Feedback: Now or Never

Feedback is necessary for learning. Be constructive, kind, and specific. Find strategies for responding promptly to student work, and give them opportunities to reflect before revising.  

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Make Learning Last: How Diverse Learners Can Process Their Understanding

Quick reflections, surveys, and diverse perspective assessments can stabilize your instructional framework by giving students a chance for the epiphanies so critical to their learning.

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6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

Blogger Andrew Miller offers six simple, effective approaches to differentiated instruction in project-based learning.

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Empowering Teachers With Tech-Friendly Formative Assessment Tools

By locating the right tool and building data collection into your routine, you can easily have the formative assessment data you need for responding to student understanding.

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Technology Integration Research Review: Additional Tools and Programs

Technology tools also have value beyond teaching the core curriculum. Here are our recommendations for research-proven tech tools that can enable more comprehensive assessment and better collaborative discussions. We also explore the best resources...

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Creative Ways to Grade and Provide Feedback for Students

Students need feedback often and creating a system by rubber stamping work can provide visible and immediate proof of student progress.

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Hypos: Real Engagement With Unreal Questions

Use hypothetical scenarios to help engage your students, efficiently apply knowledge, provide problem-solving exercises, build conflict-resolution skills, and reinforce study habits.

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Hit the Mark With Digital Media Exit Cards

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson illustrates the importance of formative assessment and suggests engaging ways of using mobile devices to enhance the tried-and-true exit slip.

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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

Teacher feedback must be informative and encouraging for students to fully understand whether they're learning and what they can do to improve the learning process.

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Do You Check for Understanding Often Enough with Students?

Blogger Elena Aguilar reminds us why formative assessments are important and offers strategies to use during a lesson or topic of study.

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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

See step-by-step how this Arizona elementary school gives its students the additional time they need to master core concepts and elevate their learning to the next level.

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5 Strategies to Ensure Student Learning

After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.

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A Favorite Formative Assessment: The Exit Slip

Blogger Rebecca Alber highlights a few alternative uses for the formative assessment known as the exit slip. (Updated 10/2013)

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Why Formative Assessments Matter

Formative assessments matter because teachers make important instructional decisions based on the data they provide.

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