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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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