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56 Examples of Formative Assessment

56 Examples of Formative Assessment

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Hi all,

I've created a presentation (with some help from my colleagues) on different examples of formative assessment. You can view it here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/pub?id=1nzhdnyMQmio5lNT75ITB45rHyLI...

Note the definition I'm using at the beginning of the presentation: A formative assessment or assignment is a tool teachers use to give feedback to students and/or guide their instruction. It is not included in a student grade, nor should it be used to judge a teacher's performance. Both of these would be considered summative assessments.

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Martin Richards's picture
Martin Richards
I train educators to use a coaching approach in their teaching practice

Risk Aversion Minimised

Thanks Whitney Hoffman for describing the Home Depot scenario so clearly. We have an expression in Sweden "When you have just learned to use a hammer, everything looks like a nail."

You point at two aspects

A) There is a wide range of tools, and too few guides in how to choose the best ones - without otherweise randomly experimenting to see what works and what doesn't.

B) Teachers are averse to taking risks - which would solve A) above.

So the question has now evolved to "How can teachers be supported towartds taking greater risks?"

Perhaps it helps to know that other teachers have tried this and that tool, and have learned from choosing the wrong ones, and have learned to use the right ones. Perhaps a guide woyuld help. Perhaps not, since it minimises the essential risk-taking.

David Wees's picture
David Wees
Formative Assessment Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools
Blogger

One of the things I am hoping to do, if I can find the time, is to take the strategies presented here and unpack them a bit. I'd like to show a video of a strategy in use, write down some ideas for when the strategy might be useful and in what contexts, and essentially make this presentation more than a list of random tools.

Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Hi David-

Don;t forget to check youtube and google- many times people have videos online already and you won't have to create your own. For example, there are tons of videos showing examples of differentiating and using smartboards- quality does range from awesome to awful- but worth a look first. If you have something particular, I'd be happy to try to find something and post a link- just let me know. Always good to share out with the community.

Martin Richards's picture
Martin Richards
I train educators to use a coaching approach in their teaching practice

Hi David Wees

Just so I understand, please say if you are inviting this community to take on the task of raising these tools to the next level, or are you claiming the task for yourself? I ask because I think it would be good to have the resource that you describe, and it need not be the work of any one person.

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program
Facilitator

David, we've been doing some of that work at Antioch. Not ready to put online yet, but we've been gathering video of teachers using some of the tools. It's been *really* interesting!

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Manager
Staff

Laura, will there be a way for the public to access those videos?

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program
Facilitator

Eventually- but right now I have a poor, overworked graduate student doing the editing while she finishes her MEd. It may be a little while until they're ready for public consumption unless I find a grant to pay her beyond her work-study hours. :-)

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David Wees
Formative Assessment Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools
Blogger

Collaborating on this is a great idea. Maybe I can whip up a quick Google Site to get started, embed my version of the presentation, and then see if various people can help flush out each of the ideas with more detail and/or a video to show it in action.

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program
Facilitator

Love that David!

I can see that being a very useful resource! We always find that the sticky wickets are twofold: 1) We have a devil of a time being sure that all the releases are in place when we have kids in the video and 2) Sound quality can be so poor when we use anything besides really good quality recording equipment and a boom mic.

Have you had good results with what you've been filming?

David Wees's picture
David Wees
Formative Assessment Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools
Blogger

I don't have any video yet. I'm hopeful that we can capture some of these formative assessment strategies in the field as the grant we are working under has some money available for capturing video of classrooms.

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