Assessment for Learning

Amy Fouts

Key Strategies from the Video

Strategy 1: Clarifying, understanding, and sharing learning intentions.

*exit ticket

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

*multi-participant questions

*no hands up

*flipped classroom

Strategy 3: Provide feedback that moves learners forward.

*two stars and a wish

Strategy 4: Activating students as learning resources for one another.

*green yellow red

Strategy 5: Activating students as owners of their own learning.


Formative and Summative Assessments

Our text states that formative assessments are geared towards improving teaching and learning. Quizzes, show and response, and journals are all examples of formative assessments. Opposite of the formative assessment is the summative. Summative assessments "determine a student's overall achievement level in a specific area of learning at a particular time" (Newman). Exams, state testing, and license certification are all examples of this type of assessment.

My ideas on these assessments is that they are both necessary when grasping the beginning, middle, and end of a students learning with you. At the beginning of the year and throughout one may want to do more formative assessments to gauge where a child is and where to scaffold their learning next. Formative is more of a process. Summative is more of the end of the process to me. This is where we would see what the child has learned cumulatively.


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

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