Formative Assessment Strategies
- In this unit on formative assessment, educators will learn the importance of incorporating formative assessment into their instruction.
- Educators will explore different formative assessment strategies and discover how to create formative assessments.
- Educators will have the opportunity to implement these strategies into lessons of their own, reflect and discuss the experience with their peers.
- In the first lesson, educators will learn about assessment, the difference between summative and formative assessment, and complete a fun activity to check for their own understanding.
- In the second lesson, educators will take a closer look at formative assessment and different formative assessment strategies.
- In the third and final lesson, educators will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to their own classrooms and lessons. They will take an existing lesson and integrate formative assessment into it. After the lesson has been taught, they will be able to use the discussion area to post their own reflection of the experience and read those of others.
Please review the attached powerpoint presentation. Watch the included video and complete the short crossword to check that you understand the concept. After the presentation, post any thoughts or questions in the discussion area.
- Educators will be able to identify what formative assessment is.
- Educators will be able to recognize why formative assessment is beneficial to use in the classroom.
*In this lesson, educators will review a presentation through Prezi, it can be found at the link above.
- In this presentation, educators will discover more about what Formative Assessment is and why teachers use it.
- Educators will be able to look t some examples of formative assessment tools and when and how they can be used.
Take some time and review the following files. These attachments will give you more information on different formative assessment tools as well as some strategies to use, how to use them and scenarios that they have been successful in before. There is also information on using formative assessment in the differentiated classroom.
Here comes the fun!
Now that you have learned what formative assessment is, different tools and how to use them, it is time to put what you have learned to practice. Choose a lesson that you have created for your classroom that you are going to be using soon, but also one that you have taught before. If you do not have a lesson that fits this criteria then choose a lesson you are going to teach. Implement formative assessment into this lesson. Once you have completed this task, proceed to the conclusion where you will be able to reflect on your experience and share in the experiences of others.
I hope that you have learned a lot and enjoyed this unit on Formative Assessment. It is so important to the learning process, not only for students but for educators. Teachers have the opportunity to earn just as much, whether it be about themselves, their students, their styles or the content. It allows for ongoing reflection and development. It allows changes to be made to instruction before students get lost.
Now that you have completed a lesson with formative assessment, proceed to the discussion and reflection page to share your experience with others. You can also use this area to submit any questions you may have.