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Different examples of formative assessment

David Wees Learning Specialist: Technology for Stratford Hall

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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Thank you for this fine

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Thank you for this fine document. With your kind permission, I have used this during Intern seminars to help my novice teachers understand the many different ways to assess student learning to determine any adjustments needed for instruction. I have passed this on to my fellow Clinical Instructors.

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Great set of resources for

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Great set of resources for Formative Assessment. We talked about this in a recent New Teacher Chat #ntchat and had some great responses. One of the faves of many New T's are the use of mini whiteboards to check for understanding. There are some great ones on this pinterest link: http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=formative%20assessment I especially like the idea of Think-Pair-Share. We need to get kids talking to each other more!

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Love all the different ways

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Love all the different ways to collect information about student understanding! One more idea, related to Google forms, came up on Twitter yesterday. Google just expanded functionality/customizability in their forms so you can embed YouTube videos as part of collecting student feedback or checking for understanding. The Google Drive Blog also explains how you can use data validation to give students guidance when they enter incorrect answers.

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

These are some great tools!

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These are some great tools! I love the mix of high tech and high touch tools you've included. I also find that it's helpful to be sure I'm clear about what I'm trying to measure- what are the form, content, and process standards I want the kids to meet? If I know that, I'm better able to determine what "counts" and what doesn't- and I'm less likely to get distracted when observing student work. (Plus, if I'm not clear, I can't expect my students to be clear!)

H.S. Social Studies teacher from Medford, Oregon.

Another list of Formative

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Another list of Formative Assessment Ideas
Last year our district was working on Summative and Formative assessments so, I put together this GDoc list of formative assessment ideas from different sources. I hope you will find them useful.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zOU8fcNi49hLi84xNJwcLh2qg13tuOzL_UBP...

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There are fantastic ideas in

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There are fantastic ideas in here- I especially like the Exit Slip- using that every so often to see what they are getting, while providing useful feedback for the teacher- Brilliant!

I train educators to use a coaching approach in their teaching practice

I wonder how many % of

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I wonder how many % of teachers USE these excellent ideas. is there anyone in a position to answer that?

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Hi Martin, that's an

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Hi Martin, that's an interesting question and one where I don't think we can get a definitive answer. How would it be possible to even find out. I do think, though, that there are a couple of hopeful indicators that they are being used:

1) The fact that we're here talking about and sharing these resources, and that the discussion's participants are a mix of teachers, teachers of teachers, and people who support the work teachers do.

2) As the Online Community Manager at Edutopia, I can peak behind the curtain and tell how well a discussion is doing, and I can tell you that this particular discussion is one of our most popular.

That teachers are searching for and finding these resources doesn't guarantee implementation, but the odds are good some of it will be. Otherwise why go search for it?

H.S. Social Studies teacher from Medford, Oregon.

Martin, I know that with the

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Martin,
I know that with the implementation of Common Core State Standards my district has stressed the importance of formative assessments. As a result I have increased my use of many of these ideas and tools. For example, I use Socratic Seminars, exit tickets, as I see it activities and peer editing just to name a few.
Additionally, I incorporate the use of online tools like Polleverywhere to check for understanding and increase student engagement. Of course I don't speak for everyone but I do know that a lot of connected teachers use some of these methods with their students.

We can only hope teachers are using some of the ideas presented here. Thanks for you question.

I'd be happy to help you with any of them if you like.

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

What a great question- anyone

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What a great question- anyone need a dissertation topic? I'd love to see some research around specific formative assessment strategies like these how frequently they're used!

While I certainly recognize that the plural of anecdote isn't data, I can say anecdotally that I observe lots of teachers using these and similar formative assessment strategies in a lot of different settings. I teach them as tools not only for gathering information, but also for clarifying exactly what teachers are shooting for in their instruction. As we like to say at Antioch, it's feeding two birds with one hand.

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