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

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.

Zainab's picture
K-12 teacher from UAE, Dubai

Really amazing presentation.
I am using some of these examples of formative assessment but I have never known that we call this " Formative Assessment "

Thank you David

Chris Conway's picture
Chris Conway
Fifth grade classroom teacher

I see that this post goes back some time; however, I appreciate finding these examples. I use many of those examples presented; however, I don't document a thing! Any good ideas on how to quickly do this?

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

Hi Chris! There are lots of ways to document- both low-tech and high tech! I use everything from my smart phone (to snap pics and videos of quality work and behaviors) to a file folder/ notecard system for jotting notes about what I see and hear while kids are working. There are apps that can help as well. You're welcome to look at my Pinterest boards with some practical examples here: http://www.pinterest.com/criticalskills1/
Or on Edutopia's board:

Feel free to pop back in with more specific questions or to share what you like!

Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Completely agree with Laura on using your phone to document everything. You can use it as a great source of material for a classroom blog or newsletter.

Chris Conway's picture
Chris Conway
Fifth grade classroom teacher

I use my phone all the time to take photos of work, and I have a classroom FB page where I post pics. I do have permission from parents and my district. :) I guess I was thinking that documentation had to be in a format that was more formal.
Thank you so much for the feedback!

HeavenlyMont's picture

Thank you for sharing! I have to keep sharing this excellent resource. You are appreciated!

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