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Formative Assessment as Guided Practice
"Test scores should never be a surprise. You don’t need to be a mind reader. You just need a formative assessment toolbox, and you need to use it every day."
Many times formative assessment is thought of as "an end of the period/lesson" experience so that the teacher can assess student understanding prior to the next day's lesson. Not untrue, but a narrow view that can sometimes lead to students wasting a whole class period/subject period due to a misconception. And worse yet, if the teacher waits until the end of the class period to assess student understanding, it is possible that students have solidified their misconceptions through incorrect practice! YIKES--that seems to be making the teacher's job more difficult!
Formative assessment can, and should, occur throughout the lesson. A critical time for a quick formative assessment is immediately FOLLOWING direct instruction and BEFORE students begin working independently with a topic. This opportunity for students to demonstrate their level of understanding after direct instruction can also be called GUIDED PRACTICE. Allowing for this "check for understanding" will allow you as the teacher to pull students who still have misconceptions for a small guided group while those who show understanding can begin working at application level and higher with the new concept(s).
The link below gives background on formative assessment, but also introduces 5 great tech tools to make formative assessment quick and responsive. Several of these tools were ones I saw used regularly in Moresville, NC--the 1:1 district I visited this summer!
PBL 201 and Coaching
No Personal Days can be used on December 1, 2, or 3 due to district-wide training!
Math Co-Teaching in 4th Grade
FRIDAY: 9 Week Pin Ceremony/Fall Parties
Classroom Fall Parties will be celebrated in classrooms from 1:30-2:15.
Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 2:30-5pm
728 Ginkgo Drive
There WILL NOT be an evening Fall Festival event this year.
This Week at Southside
Reminder: Due to conferences/report cards this week NO Staff Meeting Tues or Data Teams on Thurs.Monday, October 12
Fall Pictures in upper and lower flex spaces
Kidergarten Parent Academy
Tuesday, October 13
Robyn Marcum OUT
Karra Axline OUT @CO 10:00-11:30
K, 1, 2, 3, 5--Writing Prompt Formative Assessment
Bindu Sunil at Southside
Wednesday, October 14
9:00-10:30 Krista Mornar OUT for Assist. Principals' Meeting
4th grade Writing Prompt Formative Assessment
Thursday, October 15
Third Grade to Stage One for production of BFG
Fall Conferences 3:00-7:00 (PTO providing boxed dinner for teachers)
Tiger Trotters 5:30PM
Friday, October 16
Report Cards go home K-5
Literacy Committee Meeting 7:00AM (Conference Room)
Oct. 19-23 SCPS Fall Break
Oct. 27 Mix It Up Lunch
Oct. 28 First Grade to Science Center
Oct. 29 New Teacher Session 2:45-3:45 (Gari Grider's Room)
Oct. 30 Lunch and Learn-w/Lighthouse Families 11:30-12:30
9 Week Assembly in Gym 12:45-1:30
Fall Classroom Parties 1:30-2:15
Oct. 31 Tiger Trot @ Southside
Nov. 2 Kindergarten Parent Academy
Southland Dairy Farmers Mobile Classroom
AR Kick Off 2:45-3:30 (Library)
Nov. 3 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS/Personalized PD Day (open to all/mandatory for those needing hours)
Nov. 6 Lunch and Learn w/Lighthouse Families 11:30-12:30
Nov. 11 Veteran's Day
Nov. 13 Lunch and Learn w/Lighthouse Families 11:30-12:30
Nov. 24 Author Visit: Suzanne Nelson
Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Holiday