Assessment for Learning

EDU 650- Week 4, Discussion 1 - by Jane Ellis


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Concepts Explained

C3B4ME- Require students to review 3 resources they find on their own before asking the instructor for help.

Two Stars and a Wish- Identify two things the student did well and one that needs improvement. Great way to emphasize the positive and help with self confidence.

Green Yellow Red – Green means the student is doing fine, Yellow means they need help, Red means “I’m lost!” Students who are Green can give help and support to those in the Red categories, creating a win-win where the Green students practice their skills and gain leadership and teaching skills, and the Red students get tutoring from their peers, who they can relate to and possibly understand best. The teacher helps the students in the Yellow to bring them up to Green.

Formative and Summative Assessments

Formative assessments are to inform the teaching strategy. A pre-test to see what students already know is a formative assessment.

Summative assessments assess what the students have learned. This is an exam or post-test. I personally do not like to take tests because I have text anxiety. I think that there are much better ways to assess the learning that a student has gained, but they take more time and effort on the part of the instructor.

Effective Classroom

All components are needed to provide a positive learning environment. Formative and Summative Assessments, in some form are needed in order to direct the lessons. The strategies offered by the video are creative and positive ways to empower students in their learning.


Newman, R. (2013). Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Connecting the dots. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Rystad, M. (2013, April 7). Assessment for learning [Video file]. Retrieved from