background preloader

Tools for (Formative Assessment)

Tools for (Formative Assessment)
When teachers know their students well, they can build strong connections that lead to better learning. Knowing students’ interests, strengths, and weaknesses help teachers tailor learning experiences for their students. Formative assessment involves the teacher collecting information about what students know, don’t know, and want to learn. This information takes many forms, including observations, exit tickets, discussions, games, and quizzes. These kinds of informal assessments can also help teachers get to know their students as learners and as people. There is a very wide variety of digital formative assessment tools that can be used for free (often charging for extra features). One of the biggest advantages to using these kinds of tools is that they give every student in a class a voice.

Related:  Digital IdeasAssessment and TestingAssessment

What is Mystery Skype? (Skype) Mystery Skype is an education game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. It has totally transformed the way students learn about the world in my school.

Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL I like reading professional material. I would posit that most teachers do. Professional reading (OK, all reading, really) allows our thoughts to constantly shift, transform, and travel to currently uncharted mental territory. If we are lucky, we encounter a watershed idea or concept that shatters our thoughts and understanding to such an extent that it requires a complete rebuilding of our philosophy.

Spider Web Discussions as a Formative Assessment Several years ago, I began implementing more classroom opportunities for my students to practice their verbal communication skills. Having access to unlimited technology had allowed me to support their online and written communication skills, but I still saw a lack of both oral and listening skills on the part of my juniors and seniors. There are several methodologies that I have tried with great success, but at the request of one of my good friend’s and colleagues, John McCarthy, I’m writing this detailed description on how to conduct my twist on the Harkness Discussion.

Assessment Activities - Library Instruction & Information Literacy - LibGuides at University of West Florida Libraries Many of us assess our library instruction classes constantly, but do not think of it as such. If you ask for a show of hands or have the students complete an exercise or worksheet, you are assessing. Competency or Satisfaction? 50 Digital Education Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success The beauty of formative assessment is that there is no shortage of strategies and techniques available to teachers to use in their classroom. They provide teachers the valuable feedback they need to adjust their teaching so student learning moves forward. Today, digital tools available in smartphones and tablets make implementing formative assessment as easy and effective as ever. Back in April, we updated our growing list of digital formative assessment tools and it’s time to update that list again.

Introduce the RAN Graphic Organizer (Padlet) We are starting a new Inquiry Unit on Animals and we are in the "Immersion phase" of the inquiry circle. Which means, I am inviting curiosity, teaching background knowledge, and inviting students to wonder about different animals. One of the things that I want my students to include in their Inquiry learning is what their animals habitat is. I also wanted to introduce them to a new graphic organizer called the RAN strategy, which stands for Reading and Analyzing Nonfiction. Watch: North Texas teacher's video parody of Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop' gets an A+ Photo: YouTube/Lady Hauza, Courtesy Kelli Hauser, a Denton middle school teacher, got some of her students together to rap about taking standardized tests in a parody of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop." Watch: North Texas teacher's video parody of Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop' gets an A+ A Denton teacher has created an awesome parody video of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" that promotes healthy and effective preparation for the upcoming standardized-testing season. Kelli Hauser, a sixth grade Denton ISD and McMath Middle School teacher who also goes by Lady Hauza on her YouTube page, dons a fur coat and sips her favorite slurpee in a funny-but-educational rendition of the Grammy-winning song, appropriately called “Test Shop.”

A List of Formative Assessment Tools That Are Fast and Fun Trying to find the right in-class formative assessment tools doesn’t need to be hard. We’ve put things in order to help you find what you’re looking for. First, we’ll define the characteristics of effective formative assessment. Then we’ll give examples of the quickest (and most fun) tools for you to use. Formative assessment tools can be a part of every teacher’s toolbox. What is Authentic Assessment? What is Authentic Assessment? Definitions What Does Authentic Assessment Look Like? How is Authentic Assessment Similar to/Different from Traditional Assessment? Alternative Names for Authentic Assessment

Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. Share with Friends 28.1KShares See Mrs. Jones. She has a fantastic idea for a new assignment. It’s going to be challenging and engaging and fun. Teaching and Assessing Reading Comprehension (Explain Everything) This past year, I really focused on explicitly teaching comprehension strategies to my students. I taught how to reread a text, annotate a text, leaving tracks of thinking while reading, questioning techniques and most importantly, instilling in my students that reading is thinking. We used Padlet walls to show our thinking, we drew pictures and wrote information digitally as I read aloud, we used today’s meet to make our thinking visible.

New test requires North Dakota students to prove civics proficiency Last year, North Dakota became the second state in the nation to adopt the requirement, which is based on the Immigration and Naturalization test covering questions about government and history. Eighth- and 11th-grade students are taking the online test for the first time at the end of this month. Students who graduate next year must achieve 60 percent or greater proficiency on the test to pass, while those who graduate in 2018 and each subsequent year must achieve 70 percent proficiency.

Create Interactive Diagram Quizzes in Formative Creating a diagram-based quiz or quiz question is something that you could find yourself doing in almost every content area. Whether it’s a timeline in a history class, a cell diagram in a science class, or a playing field illustration in physical education there are plenty of uses for interactive diagram-based quizzes. Create a diagram in Google Drawings then use that diagram in Formative to create an interactive quiz. Students Self-Assess For Mastery - Work in Progress You might be wondering if students are capable of grading themselves after a year worth of work. You may be asking if they can objectively review their growth and then take all of their understanding of mastery and parlay it into a letter grade that suits the old system. Perhaps a year or two ago, I too would scoff at the idea of students being able to really reflect on their abilities and determine an honest level of mastery that would yield an appropriate grade. However, after a year of breaking down the traditional mindset, it was time to put the full power into my students' hands. Uneasily, I let go, providing them ample opportunity to review their body of work with a formal checklist and set of standards and instead of being the arbiter, I was an attentive listener.