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What is qualitative formative assessment? Some call it anecdotal or informal assessment. However, such designations imply passivity -- as if certain things were captured accidentally. I believe the word "formative" should always be included with the word assessment because all feedback mechanisms should help shape and improve the person (or situation) being assessed. Wedging the word "qualitative" into my terminology differentiates it from the analytic or survey-based measures that some associate with the term formative assessment. For my purposes, qualitative formative assessment is the ongoing awareness, understanding, and support of learning that is difficult or impossible to quantify. Carly Schuler stated that the learner needs to be mobile, not the technology. These approaches form the Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit (QFAT). 1. Cameras are powerful tools for capturing moments and documenting learning. 2. Here is how to make one on various operating systems: 3. 4. A book.

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The Problem with “Formative Assessment Tools” (part 2 of 2) In the previous post (part 1 of 2), we explored the fact that student response apps (Socrative, Kahoot!, Plickers, etc.) are often mislabeled as “formative assessment tools.” What makes them formative depends on the context in which they are used. Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class Share with Friends 7KShares Photo Credit: How deep is your commitment to reflective practice? Do you maintain a reflective journal? 8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions 8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions by Terry Heick Questions can be extraordinary learning tools. A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so.

5 Tips for Making Group Work Manageable When teachers ask students to work on a task in groups, they issue an invitation for engagement and, potentially, for chaos! Here are five tips that can help encourage productivity and keep mayhem at bay. 1. Be clear and specific about the task. There’s nothing more frustrating than launching group work and seeing ten hands in the air or (worse) hearing students complain to one another, "What are we supposed to do?" If possible, limit initial verbal explanations to a general overview of the task and process. The Problem with “Formative Assessment Tools” (part 1 of 2) The Problem It started with generally clunky and overpriced “student clickers” by such brands as SMART Technologies and Einstruction, and over the past few years it has transitioned into slick apps like Socrative, Kahoot!, and Plickers.

Smarter Teaching: 10 Ways You'll Know You're Doing It Right Smarter Teaching: 10 Ways You’ll Know You’re Doing It Right by TeachThought Staff Notice that we didn’t use the more vague “good teacher” phrasing. That’s an important distinction, because here we’re talking about something a bit more clinical. A Quick Guide To Questioning In The Classroom A Guide to Questioning in the Classroom by TeachThought Staff This post was promoted by Noet Scholarly Tools who are offering TeachThought readers 20% off their entire order at with coupon code TEACHTHOUGHT (enter the coupon code after you’ve signed in)! Get started with their Harvard Fiction Classics or introductory packages on Greek and Latin classics. Teacher Librarian Help This research guide is under construction (I haven’t had time to fully hyperlink). You are welcome to use what I have done below and/or look at my on Ancient China Photo: Terra-Cotta warriors, China. Australian Curriculum – Ancient China Keywords (all found reading a Yr 7 textbook) Ancient ChinaTimeframe 2000BCE- 220CEVarious dynasties – XIA, Shang, Zho, Qin, HanSignificant people/ideas – Shi Huangdi, Confucianism, Daoism, Cosmology

Formative vs Summative Assessment - Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation Formative assessment The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. More specifically, formative assessments: help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need workhelp faculty recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately Formative assessments are generally low stakes, which means that they have low or no point value. Examples of formative assessments include asking students to:

Use Formative Assessment to Differentiate Instruction Teacher 1: A fraction with the same number on the top and bottom is a unit fraction. Narrator: At Forest Lake Elementary, students are assessed early and often. Teacher 1: Two nights plus three nights plus one night. Narrator: Some of the tests are fun, and most of them employ the latest technology. Teacher 1: Would someone like to share what they put? Student 1: I put A because I added one plus two plus three. Misunderstanding The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Framework Misunderstanding The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Framework by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Yes, reading strategies–and explicit teaching of them–make a considerable difference, as my previous four blog posts here, here, here, and here make clear.