Assessment for Learning

Formative and Summative

Key Strategies from the Video

Strategy #1: Clarifying, Understanding, and Sharing Learning Intentions.

Strategy #2: Engineering effective classroom discussions, tasks and activities that elicit evidence of learning.

Strategy #3: Providing feedback that moves learners forward.

Strategy #4: Activate students as learning resources for one another.

Strategy #5: Activate students as owners of their own learning.


This video was right in line with my thinking and what I want to see happen in a classroom. I want to be a facilitator for the students, but to see that they truly understand what is being taught is by watching them interact with their classmates and the help they can offer. I heard a saying once that if you cannot explain it to another so they can understand, then you do not have true understanding of that topic. That has always stuck with me and when asked a question I try to evaluate my own understanding first. If I'm not confident in the correct answer, then we do research together to get the information desired. The only way to truly help students in our classroom is to not only provide assessments of their learning, but of our own knowledge as well.

Clarifying understanding

I liked how the video demonstrate an exit plan in which you ask a question that will evaluate the students understanding of the lesson just covered. If done so early enough, there will be time for clarification and discussion to help with the grasp of understanding.


I love the "Two Stars and One Wish" idea, give two positive feedback of things done correctly and then one area that needs improvement. This keeps things on the positive side, but gives the student one clear item to work on.


Direct from the video: "See three before me: Train students to always check with three different sources before asking teacher for help." By doing this it gives the student more power and direction over their own education. They are taking the process of gaining understanding into their own hands. If they still don't feel they understand or have the answer to their question then the teacher and student can discuss what sources they used, what information they found, and review their understanding. By always giving them direction to help them deduct the answer on their own, then they walk away with that sense of pride and ownership of their knowledge and the confidence to move forward.