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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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  • Improving Your Pre-Unit Assessment

    Periodically challenging students with grade-level content they haven’t yet mastered helps construct deeper connections to key concepts.
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  • Inviting Participation With Thumbs-Up Responses

    A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.
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  • 60-Second Strategy: Whiteboard Relay

    The team competition is fierce in this informal assessment activity, in which students have to work together to win.
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    7 Smart, Fast Ways to Do Formative Assessment

    Within these methods you’ll find close to 40 tools and tricks for finding out what your students know while they’re still learning.
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    Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being

    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
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  • 10 Powerful Ways to End Your Lessons

    Instead of cleaning up or going over homework assignments, try these creative activities that can help students make sense of new material—and have fun in the process.
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  • 13 Formative Assessments That Inspire Creativity

    Sometimes mixing in formative assessments that go a step beyond exit slips and low-stakes quizzes can inject some fun—and creativity—into learning.
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    8 Quick Checks for Understanding

    Formative assessment is a proven technique for improving student learning, and the strategies shared here by Jay McTighe work both in the classroom and remotely.
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  • Elementary school students working together at a whiteboard with their teacher observing

    3 Ways to Ask Questions That Engage the Whole Class

    These techniques guide all students to process course content and then actively demonstrate their learning.
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    Formative Assessment in Distance Learning

    The pandemic has closed schools, but schooling goes on—and it remains crucial that teachers find ways to see what students are learning.
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    3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
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  • 7 Ways to Do Formative Assessments in Your Virtual Classroom

    Finding out what your students are really learning remains indispensable to teaching. Here’s what teachers are doing to check for understanding online. 
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  • 5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

    Feedback is an essential part of learning, but not all of it is productive. We’ve collected five best practices for giving students feedback.
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  • Reading the Virtual Classroom Is Hard, but It Can Be Done

    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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    Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom

    When students practice metacognition, the act of thinking about their thinking helps them make greater sense of their life experiences and start achieving at higher levels.
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