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.
- Within these methods you’ll find close to 40 tools and tricks for finding out what your students know while they’re still learning.
- A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
- Techniques for introducing new material and feedback to students throughout a lesson—a way to spark deeper insights and learning.
- A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.
- Checking for understanding is good for both students and teachers. We’ve rounded up a variety of digital tools to help you do it.
- When students make “I notice” and “I wonder” comments on course content, teachers can see what they know—and what they need to learn.
- This quick exercise scaffolds peer critique for elementary students.
- A strategy for using a quick, whole-class reflection on content as a verbal exit ticket.
- Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
- Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
- An assessment called a one-pager has students use art to show what they know—and it can be used across the curriculum.
- Formative assessment can be as simple as thumbs up or down and as creative as having students illustrate a page of a story.
- Nonverbals are gestural cues that can help students quickly and respectfully communicate their reactions, needs, and levels of understanding in a fast-paced classroom.
- Scaffold students’ thinking about complex texts by asking what the text says, how it works, what it means, and what it inspires them to do.
- Exit cards can be easy—and sometimes even fun—for students to create with a variety of digital tools.