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Formative Assessment Is Transformational!

Formative Assessment Is Transformational!
I think formative assessment is one of the single most important things that teachers can do -- and already do -- for their students. In fact, great teachers use formative assessment whether or not they know it. Formative assessment may not be new, but it certainly has begun to crystallize into particular elements and components that are currently in the spotlight. When teachers practice great formative assessment, it can be a transformational experience for them as practitioners and, more importantly, for their students. Grading Transformation When teachers check for understanding, they are doing so as a means to ensure that students are successful in the summative assessment. Teaching Transformation Teachers work smarter, not harder, when they use formative assessments. Here, formative assessments must be used in making decisions to "feed forward," or make the right decision in terms of instructional next steps. Student Learning Transformation Classroom of Empowerment

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5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher. Why Formative Assessment Makes Better Teachers 5 Tips for a More Meaningful Rubric Sarah Wike Loyola , Upper School Spanish Teacher, Spanish Team Leader, and Technology Mentor in Charlotte, NC Posted 06/08/2015 12:26PM | Last Commented 07/06/2015 2:30PM Every educator feels pretty darn cool the first few times they grade students' work. What a powerful feeling it ignites in us, right?

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class Share with Friends 7KShares Photo Credit: How deep is your commitment to reflective practice? Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies Teachers who are eager to assess the development of critical content knowledge or skills during the learning experience often rely on exit tickets for quick perspective. This affords teachers the opportunity to see what learning is happening and even to what degree at a moment when they’re able to respond most effectively. Exit tickets are powerful formative assessment tools. When every student is required to complete one by nearly every teacher they have in a given day, the practice grows a bit stale, though. Ready to mix things up a bit?

Formative Assessment Tools & Resources Recently, Teaching Channel brought you into classrooms where teachers and students are using formative assessment to adjust ongoing teaching and learning strategies to improve student learning: We partnered with Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to bring you videos of teachers using formative assessment as a deliberate four-step process.In Engaging Students with Productive Struggles, you’ll see how math teachers are using lessons from Mathematics Assessment Project to encourage students to grapple with math concepts.In Letting Students Grapple, watch students engaging in formative assessment lessons that address misconceptions. While these videos take a deep dive into formative assessment, we also want to provide you with some quick tips and resources. These are some of our favorites: Try These Today

5 Questions To Drive Personal-Professional Learning Image created by @GPearsonEDU using Canva. In a world where more and more people realize their voice matters, simply engaging people is not enough. People need to feel empowered in the process of work and learning. The shift from compliance to empowerment is essential in organizations today.

Practical Ideas for Classroom Formative Assessment We are all better at spotting mistakes in the work of others. By Dylan Wiliam Why I wrote my new book My latest book, written with Siobhán Leahy, is designed specifically to help individual teachers who want to develop their practice of formative assessment on their own or with small groups of colleagues. In this blog, I provide some suggestions for practical techniques you can try in your classroom right now. Show What You Know! What keeps cooperative learning from becoming chaotic? Structure, equal participation, and individual accountability! When all students are actively engaged, there's no time for misbehavior and learning is multiplied! Individual dry erase boards are essential if you want to foster active engagement. One of my favorite cooperative learning activities involving dry erase boards is "Showdown."

5 Quick Ways to Assess Kids' Writing Progress Is your students' writing all over the map? You likely have some some students struggling with basic mechanics and others working on their authorial flair. Here are five strategies for assessing a wide range of writing skills fairly and easily. Equally important, this approach will also save you hours of grading time. (It's time to take more of your weekend back!) X Marks the Spot Too often we teachers grade papers as if we are preparing a manuscript for publication.

Sheninger on why teachers should be preparing their students for jobs that don't even exist yet How do teachers prepare their students for jobs that don’t even exist yet? This was just one idea that Eric Sheninger explored during his address on day two of the EduTECH National Congress and Expo in Brisbane. During his keynote, Digital leadership: changing paradigms for changing times , the senior fellow from the International Center for Leadership in Education in the US shared his personal story of how as a high school principal, he was a “leader with a blindfold on”.

Library Girl's Picks: The Best Digital Tools for Formative Assessment On Monday, I had the opportunity to participate in another fab edition of the TL Virtual Cafe webinar series. This month's PD offering was an "Edutech Smackdown" featuring the Queen of All Things Library: Joyce Valenza. I love these smackdown sessions because they are the ultimate crowdsourced PD. Powerful Formative Assessment Routine I spent the morning yesterday at a district instructional coach meeting, and one of our sessions was on formative assessment as a tool for differentiation. Do you get the connection between assessment and differentiation? Formative assessments are assessments that inform instruction (for learning), while summative assessments are assessments of learning. Only by knowing where each student is on their learning path can we truly differentiate their instruction. As a short side note, we had an interesting conversation as we tried to categorize a list of assessments as either formative or summative. For example, we usually think of a test as summative, but as elementary teachers don’t we still use that information to drive instruction?

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