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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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  • The Benefits of Student Reflections Early in the Year

    Thoughtfully assessing their progress allows middle school students to make adjustments in order to achieve their academic goals.
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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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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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    3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
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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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  • How to Use English Learners’ Primary Language in the Classroom

    It’s important for multilingual students to feel that their first language is valuable, seen as an asset, and a welcome part of their identity.
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  • 5 Review Activities That Kids Actually Like

    Content review doesn’t need to be boring—here’s how to liven it up and make the information stick.
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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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  • Fine-Tuning Literacy Assessments

    Informal reading inventories can help teachers assess the literacy skills of students in grades 3 to 12.
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  • 3 Reasons a Teacher Gave Up Grading

    How the practice of “ungrading” transformed a teacher’s life, and motivated her students to think for themselves.
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  • Using Tech to Encourage Peer Feedback During Presentations

    To make middle and high school presentations more engaging, teachers can use a simple tool to have students share meaningful feedback.
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