George Lucas Educational Foundation

53 Ways to Check for Understanding

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This big, printable list of assessment strategies will help you identify new ways to check for understanding and verify what students have learned. Read more about these strategies in the associated post: "Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding."

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Dr. Tom Mawhinney's picture
Dr. Tom Mawhinney
Touro College professor teaching graduate education courses

Formative assessments are only good if you use them to alter your teaching or for students to adjust their learning. Too often, I've seen exit tickets used and nothing is done with the results.

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Edcamper, Former @Edutopia, Founder of Social Media Marketing Consultancy aimed at helping educational orgs.

Really great point Tom -- I know many teachers that set aside extra time for interpretation and reflection of results before (otherwise it may not happen!).

For those of you that want more of formative assessment, one of my favorite resources lists TONS (50+) of examples and many of them can be done quite quickly!

Concerned Teacher's picture

This is great, I will be hanging mine next to my desk. Too often we use one type of formative assessment without considering multiple intelligence or preferred learning styles. This also works for introvert/extroverts. This is exactly what allows all students to express their learning in a manner that highlights their strengths rather than limiting them to areas of weakness or discomfort.

John S. Thomas's picture
John S. Thomas
First & Second Grade Teacher/Adjunct Faculty Antioch University New England, former Elementary Principal

Well said, Robyn. Thanks for including those of us who have alternative learning styles. ;)

Leslie Brennan's picture

I think that is very interesting that you said nothing is done with the results. I am addicted to Math and Writing Exit Slips. Once they complete them, I keep the "Didn't get it" exit slips for skill grouping, and the "Got it" the students put it in their math or writing journals to use for resources. It is one of my most favorite mini quick assessments to use with my 4th graders. Skill grouping is TRULY a must in all classrooms. I truly get to know my students by heart this way (besides conferences). Good points!

SUZETTE's picture

Great resource! Many of these I do, but you have given me a different way of gathering information; checking for understanding. I too keep exit tickets to use for small group instruction for those who need extra help. Thanks for the article.

Andrea's picture

@ Leslie thank you for keeping the exit tickets for skill grouping suggestion.

Nancy Lynch's picture

I am going to cite this article in a double entry journal I have to do for a class. There are some interesting tips in this article

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