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10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas

10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas

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Formative assessment: you've heard about it, you've read the research, and you've probably tried it out in your classroom. 

Whether you're a formative assessment newbie or a veteran, these techniques can help spice up how you check for understanding in the classroom. They range from the classics, like exit slips, to ideas you may have never thought to try.

This post was inspired by Todd Finley’s big, printable list, "53 Ways To Check For Understanding".



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Nabashis Dev Misra's picture
Nabashis Dev Misra
“It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever," he said. "Have you thought of going into teaching?” ― Terry Pratchett, Mort

Thanks for sharing

stewart12's picture

This very interesting and fun. How could I incorporate these techniques in a Kindergarten class?

Dajana Tanasic Romero's picture

Thanks for sharing. I like all the different ideas for assessing students in a non traditional sense. I do think we have to stay focused on the idea of using assessment to gauge our lessons and how effective they are rather than just giving a grade to students. I would encourage teachers to use 21st century skills to implement these new assessment ideas in order to maximize the learning potential not only for students but for educators as well.

Abdelillah's picture

Someone raised the question if formative assessment (FA)should be graded.I think practitioners have to find ways to encourage FA by adopting bonuses not minuses to involve learners;it should n't penalize their efforts or daunt their involvement.If graded,FA will be counterproductive.Something ce have to bear in mind is that learners are partner.

Rene G's picture

The point of formative assessment is that it is FORMATIVE (evolving knowledge): no grades, used by students and teachers as feedback for current state of knowledge! Adaptive software is perfectly suited for this! See for reviews of content apps. They metrics outline elements in an app, including whether or not an app is designed with adaptive levels, mastery, feedback, learner support, and reports. There really ARE great educational apps we can use that include formative assessment.

Beckett Haight's picture

Great tips! I was looking for some 'fancy' ideas and came away with a couple (i.e. Youtube action).

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