Formative Assessment in a Mathematics Classroom

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Curriculum Map

Overview and Purpose

The purpose of this course is to help mathematics educators, even other types of educators as well, come up with tools to use formative assessment in their classroom. Summative assessment is used often within classrooms, but do not help the teacher and the students understand where they went wrong and try to fix the mistake before a high stakes test. Formative assessment can be used to develop lessons and inform students on areas they can improve upon. It can be used during units to develop instruction to strengthen areas of weaknesses. The course ends with examples of technology that can help disseminate, collect, and analyze formative assessments.

Needs Assessment

This course if for educators who would like to improve their lesson development while also being able to provide checkpoints to their students on their own understanding. Formative assessment is used during instruction to help keep tabs on how students are developing their understanding of specific topics. Instead of finding out what the students know during a summative assessment, at the end of a unit, formative assessment allows educators to revisit any areas that are identified as ones that students are struggling on.

Performance Objectives

At the end of this course, learners will be able to achieve the following:

  • Given different types of assessments, learners will be able to identify what aspects of the assessment categorizes them as a formative or summative assessment.
  • Given a specific topic, learners understand how formative assessment can be used to aid in improving student understand.
  • Given a desired topic to assess, students will understand how to implement entrance/exit ticket to help assess student understanding.
  • Given the desire to formally assess understanding of a specific topic, use technology to aid in the assessment process.

Course Modules

Module 1: Assessments

This lesson covers two major forms of assessment, Formative and Summative Assessment. You will see a brief overview of what they are and the differences between them. You will also find examples of how each of them are commonly used within the classroom.

Lesson Objective:

  • Given different types of assessments, learners will be able to identify what aspects of the assessment categorizes them as a Formative or Summative assessment.

Module 2: Formative Assessments

This lesson specifically goes in depth on formative assessments. It provides reasoning for why formative assessment is useful and how it can be used in the classroom.

Lesson Objective:

  • Given a specific topic, learners understand how formative assessment can be used to aid in improving student understand.

Module 3: Entrance and Exit Tickets

This lesson dives specifically into Entrance and Exit Tickets, two forms of formative assessments. Exit and Entrance tickets are quick formative assessments that are easy for teachers to implement when they are under time constraints.

Lesson Objective:

  • Given a desired topic to assess, students will understand how to implement entrance/exit ticket to help assess student understanding.

Module 4: Technology to Assess

This lesson focuses specifically on technology to aid in formative assessment. There are many different technologies that can help, but this lesson covers only a few.

Lesson Objective:

  • Given the desire to formally assess understanding of a specific topic, use technology to aid in the assessment process.