January 25, 2017

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What is a Formative Assessment?

A formative assessment refers to the frequent assessment of a learner's progress to identify the learning needs and adjust teaching accordingly. It is the planned classroom practice of eliiciting evidence of learning at all times in the classroom.

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Formative Assessments:

• takes place during the learning process

• informs both teachers and students

• allows teachers to adjust instruction

• involves students

• cannot be separated from the instructional process

• is Classroom Assessment for Learning

Why are they important DAILY?

  • Consider each student's learning needs and styles and adapt instruction
  • Track individual student achievement
  • Provide appropriately challenging activities
  • Design student assessments
  • Offer students opportunities for improvement
Using Google Forms for "Exit Ticket" as a student response system, designed by teachers to achieve one simple idea; accelerate student achievement.


Fist To Five


Red, Yellow, Green-Independent Practice

Hot Seat

Review Games-Teams


1. Formative assessment is done at the end of the learning process.

2. Students are graded on every formative assignment.

3. Formative instruction and instruction go hand-in-hand.

4. Formative assessment can help teachers differentiate instruction.

5. Formative assessment can affect scores on summative assessments.

Laundry Day

  • This is a strategy where students evaluate their own learning in preparation for a chapter or unit test.
  • They group themselves in the classroom around four different kinds of laundry detergent: Tide, Gain, Bold and Cheer.
  • In their chosen corner they will work on activities to enrich or improve their understanding of the required content.
  • The teacher can readily assess the students' level of understanding of the basic concepts covered in the unit or chapter. The teacher provides support as needed, as well as help being provided by students who are sure they have mastered the content.

None of the work generated during this time counts as a grade, but students are scaffolded to increase their chances of success on the upcoming test.


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This is a true test of relevant and meaningful learning. When students learn something they find useful, they’re likely to want to use that learning in some way. Have students end the day with this one. Give them cards to write on, or they can respond orally. They are required to respond to three separate statements:
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Twitter Board

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Students summarize what was learned in a lesson using 140 characters.

Students can write on White Boards, their notebooks, or even a class Twitter page.

Red / Green Card

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Students hold an index card (that has a red circle on one side and a green circle on the other) in front of them where you can see it. As they are following along with you and understanding, they show the green circle side. When they miss some information, need clarification, or don't understand, they turn it to show you the red circle. Much more effective than having them raise their hands and lets you know shortly after they are lost instead of at the end of class.

Cold Calling

Ask students questions during class. Use a procedure for asking questions which ensures that all students have a chance to be asked a question, and include students who might not otherwise participate. Random name Pickerl (free) can be used to randomly call on students without repetition or leaving anyone out.
Random Name Picker Tool

Body Language

Watch body language If you pay careful attention to the body language of your students, quite often they will communicate understanding or a lack of understanding through their body language.