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Formative Assessment

Find and share ideas for checking in with students during a project, class, or semester to assess their learning and see if content or instruction needs adjusting.

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    8 Steps to Making Feedback More Effective

    A process that integrates peer and teacher feedback with periods of revision drives deeper learning for middle and high school students.
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    A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.
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    7 Ways to Do Formative Assessments in Your Virtual Classroom

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    Formative Assessment in Distance Learning

    Schools are closed but schooling goes on, and it remains crucial that teachers find ways to see what students are learning.
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    A simple, tightly focused student survey can help teachers quickly home in on areas to improve—but you need to be fully prepared to make changes.
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    With some simple supports, students in grades 3 to 8 can take the wheel and assume some responsibility for their learning journey.
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    Many teachers find it difficult to gauge how well students understand a lesson in an online classroom. A technique common among award-winning online instructors should help.
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