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Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!

Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!
When I was teaching science one of the best lessons I learned was about formative assessment. In my first year of teaching I taught the way I was told to teach. Deliver content to my students, assess at the end, remediate if necessary. I was talking with a teacher friend the summer after my first year and she suggested something simple. What a difference that made. The following school years that board became an important place for myself and my students. Now, as 1:1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are taking over our schools, its becoming even easier to formatively assess what our students know and for our students to leave feedback as to what they need. Here are a few sites and apps to help with formative assessments... Online Sticky Notes-Just like my physical space in my classroom there are lots of virtual sticky note sites out there. Understood It-A new-to-me service, this one is elegantly simple. Socrative- This one is quickly become a go-to app for formative assessments for me. Related:  assessment

The Ultimate List – 65 Digital Tools and Apps to Support Formative Instructional Practice There is no shortage of strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers (and students) who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. We’ve compiled an extensive list of 65 digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help teachers use formative assessment to elicit evidence of student learning. These tools and apps for formative assessment success give teachers (and students) many options and opportunities for classroom success. To get the most out of formative instructional strategies, check out our NWEA® formative practices workshops. And, share your tools, ideas, and thoughts with us, so we can keep this list growing and current! A free quiz game platform that allows teachers to create quizzes students take in real-time. There are many Twitter chats related to formative instructional practices that could be considered tools, as well.

The Power of the Formative Assessment The power of formative assessment is one of the things I most like about the process of the IBPYP Exhibition. The IBPYP Exhibition is a student-driven, culminating experience in the PYP. During the Exhibition, the teacher openly drops into a real facilitator role (even though they do this all the time). Formative assessment, or the assessment that drives our teaching, is so critical during Exhibition. How, as a teacher during the Exhibition, do I gather all of this juicy information about the students? I watch: Over the last few weeks, I have taken a lot of mental notes and have written a lot of notes about how effectively the students organize themselves. I listen: What kinds of questions are they asking me or others? I record: I take a lot of pictures. IBPYP Exhibition Voices from YIS Academics on Vimeo . The Exhibition has helped remind me how we don’t need standardized tests to tell us how our students are doing. Formative assessment drives us. Like this: Like Loading...

Arbetsgång för formativt läsförståelsearbete i klassrummet Hur kan jag arbeta med en faktatext i klassrummet så att mina elever verkligen förstår den? Nedan följer ett förslag på hur jag tänker arbeta med faktatexter under kommande läsår. Detta förslag på arbetsgång är ett resultat av min läsning av Barbro Westlunds Att bedöma elevers läsförståelse (2013) och Catharina Tjernbergs Framgångsrik läs- och skrivundervisning (2013) samt ett resultat av min sommarläsning av litteratur som behandlar formativ bedömning. Att tänka på när du genomför läsförståelseundervisning i ditt klassrum: Tänk hela tiden högt med eleverna så att du synliggör sina mentala processer för dem. Samtalsmönstret i ditt klassrum ska präglas av dialog. Genomför arbetsgången nedan i halvklass första gången (om möjligt, dvs). Nedan följer 11 punkter: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Kommentarer till punkterna: Punkt 1 och 2 handlar om att hitta elevernas vardagsföreställningar och vardagsbegrepp för fenomenet/processen som texten berör. Fr. Punkt 11 Varför sluta här? /Hanna

Assessment Section 4: Measuring for Learning Goal: At all levels, our education system will leverage the power of technology to measure what matters and use assessment data to improve learning. Measuring learning is a necessary part of every teacher’s work. Through embedded assessments, educators can see evidence of students’ thinking during the learning process and provide near real-time feedback through learning dashboards so they can take action in the moment.2 Families can be more informed about what and how their children learned during the school day. Technology-enabled tools also can support teacher evaluation and coaching. Educators and institutions should be mindful of whether they are measuring what is easy to measure or what is most valuable to measure. Continued advances in technology will expand the use of ongoing, formative, and embedded assessments that are less disruptive and more useful for improving learning. Approaches to Assessment Using Assessment Data to Support Learning

The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment (Thumbs are one of my favorite forms of formative assessment) Be sure to read my Ed Week column, Ways to Include Students in the Formative Assessment Process. As the new school year approaches (we go back in two more weeks), I’ve been thinking a bit on how I can be a little more intentional and strategic in using formative assessment. For those who might be new to the term, formative assessments are ongoing practices that help both the teacher and student evaluate and reflect on how they are both doing, and what changes either or both might need to make to become a more effective teacher and learner (I’d love it if someone left a comment with a better definition). Again, for people who are new to these terms, formative assessments are often contrasted with summative assessments. Formative assessments are generally considered more useful to teachers, which is why I’m thinking about them. Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment: Do you understand?

The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer The Question Every Assessment Should Be Able To Answer by Terry Heick The difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning is a crucial one, in many ways indicative of an important shift in education. Traditionally, tests have told teachers and parents how a student “does,” then offers a very accessible point of data (usually percentage correct and subsequent letter grade) that is reported to parents as a performance indicator. Class data can be gathered to imply instructional effectiveness, and the data from multiple classrooms can be combined to suggest the performance of an entire school, but a core message here is one of measurement and finality: this is how you did. And it’s all past tense. 5 Strategies For Assessment For Learning First, a word about assessment startegies. created the above graphic that shares 5 strategies for assessment for learning: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What Every Assessment For Learning Should Tell You Still, it happens.

Purely Paperless: Reading and Writing Conferences Made Easy with Confer App: Confer Cost: $14.99 Subject: Management Why Buy? As a primary teacher, I utilize flexible guided reading groups to instruct my students in reading. Confer is a classroom management app that allows you to track anecdotal notes and other information about your students. Here's a quick video overview of the app: Getting Started: To begin, you must create a class and add students. Once you've created your first class and imported your students, you are ready to roll. Within the app, you can add a specific, individualized note on student progress or you can add quick teaching points. Each entry follows a similar pattern in which you note the concept or "tag" and then add a strength, teaching point, and next step. The coolest part of the app is the way in which you can use and manipulate the data. You can keep the data in the app, utilize the cloud storage service which is currently in Beta, or you can export your data into a Google Spreadsheet or Dropbox. Do you teach guided reading groups?

Här kommer turen till alla Tommy Lucassi är lärare i matematik, NO och teknik på Rålambshovsskolan i Stockholm. I hans klassrum ska alla elever få tillgång till det bästa lärandet. I stället för handuppräckning drar han därför på måfå en namnlapp, samtidigt som han ställer sina frågor. Det finns gott om forskning som visar hur effektiva klassrumsdiskussioner är för inlärningen – för dem som deltar. – Svarar en elev att den inte vet så drar jag nya lappar och låter andra svara. Hans undervisning fick delvis en ny inriktning när han började arbeta med formativ bedömning och evidensbaserad inlärning. – Forskningen har visat att det är det som sker i klassrummet som har störst effekt på elevers inlärning. För Tommy Lucassi startar denna dag med tre lektioner på rad om matspjälkningen, om hur näringsämnen tas upp under köttbullens väg genom kroppen. – Ni som inte redovisar, glöm inte att anteckna! Föregående lektion har eleverna gjort research. – Får jag använda mobilen? En tjej frågar om hon får göra ett prov.

The Student Assessment Tools Collection by Rick Thomas edshelf Student Assessment Tools Curated by Rick Thomas Share: 5 followers 17 tools View as Grid List Compact Audacity Audio Creators Prezi Presentation Creators Glogster Presentation Creators Keynote Presentation Creators Vimeo Video Content iMovie Video Creators Skitch Screen Captures VoiceThread Group Communication ShowMe Video Creators Book Creator Publishing Animoto Video Creators Camtasia Video Creators Scratch Computer Programming iCreate Animation Creators Screencast-O-Matic Screen Captures Idea Sketch Diagram Creators ScreenChomp Video Creators Followed by Print with URLs with QR codes Widget To embed this collection, copy the code below and paste it into a code editor for your website. Want to customize your widget? Format: Preview example: Share via email Check out this collection of educational tools, "___." Close Sign in Sign in using one of these services Google Facebook Twitter Or, enter your email address and password Forgot your password? Add to a collection

Exit Slips Our lesson plans are written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices and are aligned to state and national standards. Choose from hundreds of topics and strategies. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Home › Professional Development › Strategy Guides Strategy Guide Research Basis Strategy in Practice Related Resources This strategy guide introduces the concept of using Exit Slips in the classroom to help students reflect on what they have learned and express what or how they are thinking about the new information. The Exit Slip strategy is used to help students process new concepts, reflect on information learned, and express their thoughts about new information. This strategy can also be used to publish student comments, ideas, and opinions. Albers, Peggy. Wagner, Barb. Understanding Irony