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10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas

10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas
Posted 09/14/2015 2:23PM | Last Commented 11/27/2015 11:04AM Formative assessment: you've heard about it, you've read the research, and you've probably tried it out in your classroom. Whether you're a formative assessment newbie or a veteran, these techniques can help spice up how you check for understanding in the classroom. They range from the classics, like exit slips, to ideas you may have never thought to try. This post was inspired by Todd Finley’s big, printable list, "53 Ways To Check For Understanding".

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding What strategy can double student learning gains? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately." Unlike summative assessment, which evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, formative assessment monitors student understanding so that kids are always aware of their academic strengths and learning gaps. Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary. "When the cook tastes the soup," writes Robert E. Stake, "that's formative; when the guests taste the soup, that's summative."

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