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Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities, Part 5 Welcome to post number five in a series devoted to formative learning (assessment). In this post I showcase some websites that can assist in providing interactive tools and resources essential in the classroom focused on student centered formative learning. Please keep in mind these are only tools and are best utilized through the important art of teaching. Meme Generator The Fastest Meme Generator on the Planet. Easily add text to images or memes. erase Draw Add Image Whooo's Reading Motivate your students to log reading nightly and answer critical thinking questions on their secure Whooo's Reading profiles. Reward reading and writing with 'Wisdom Coins' that students use to personalize their owl avatar, or Owlvatar. Encourage peer-to-peer learning with each class's news feed, where students grow as writers with an audience of peers. Score your students' responses and provide feedback. Help them improve their original response so that their critical thinking and writing is always spiraling upwards! With Whooo's Reading Premium, you get access to the Lexile Measures of the books your students are reading. - Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content Your page has 2 blocking script resources and 1 blocking CSS resources. This causes a delay in rendering your page. Leverage browser caching Setting an expiry date or a maximum age in the HTTP headers for static resources instructs the browser to load previously downloaded resources from local disk rather than over the network. (expiration not specified) 33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom I came across a great blog post the other day – Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think – that told the firsthand account of a teacher, Steven Anderson, who implemented formative assessment in his classroom. He used a sticky-note version of an exit ticket to elicit evidence of student learning and in his words, “what a difference that made.” Formative assessment is ‘easier than you think’ and with all the digital tools and apps now available for mobile devices it’s even easier. We’ve shared some digital tools before and with the five tools that Steven shared combined with our earlier suggestions there are now 33 digital tools that we’ve uncovered that are free or inexpensive and help teachers implement formative assessment in their classrooms.

Formative Assessment – Is it a Silver Bullet? There’s a wealth of research supporting the use of formative assessment; as synthesised by Hattie (2012). No research has been more pivotal in education circles than that of Black and Wiliam (1998); who together defined formative assessment as: “all those activities undertaken by teachers, and/or by their students, which provide information to be used as feedback to modify the teaching and learning activities in which they are engaged” Math Survey – Students I am taking Justin Lanier’s call to action from his talk “Beyond Beauty” at the Global Math Department. I posted over the weekend about the results of my survey of teachers and staff at my school. Today, I gave it to my students. The survey looked like this: Here’s what my students said: Not subtle, huh?

Classroom Resources Find content from Thinkfinity Partners using a visual bookmarking and sharing tool. More Teacher Resources by Grade Home › Classroom Resources Draw, choose, write or say: Fantastic formative assessments Formative assessment can be fantastic! Here are options for letting students draw, choose, write and say as a formative assessment tool. (Flickr / Devon Christopher Adams) Formative assessment can be drudgery.

Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment It’s not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t see the value in measuring student progress. Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue. The Glossary of Education Reform gives this great overview of what high-stakes testing is and how it impacts students, teachers, and schools. Basically, high-stakes testing has consequences for the test-takers and givers—sometimes in the form of a high school diploma, grade advancement, and even teachers’ salaries.

Formative Assessment Is the Cornerstone of Differentiated Instruction By Andrew Miller Teachers often want to know where to start with differentiated instruction as it can seem overwhelming and daunting. Questions like the ones below go through the minds of all teachers, especially those new to the teaching profession. How can I manage small-group instruction?How can I organize learning for students at different levels?

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