“How else can we ensure we are addressing students’ needs instead of simply teaching them what we think they need?”
Genre: Education and Teaching.
Number of Pages: 96.
This book is meant to provide quick and easy formative assessments [ongoing assessments, observations, summaries, and reviews that inform the teacher’s instruction and provides students with feedback on a daily basis] for students in grades 3-8, but a few of them can be applied to older grades, especially as exit tickets. It also includes a CD of all of the forms, data collection sheets, and assessments to download, which is very easy and nice to have!
This is a pretty short book. The first part talks about what formative assessments are and how to use them to inform your instruction. The second part is 25 examples of formative assessment. Each one contains a description of the strategy, step-by-step instructions, practical applications, tips for tiering, how to integrate technology, and samples of student work.
This is a great “starter kit” for formative assessments. Some can be a quick part of any lesson and others would probably take up most of the lesson time. It is easy to just pull out the assessments that make sense for your course and students. Also, some are meant for individuals and some are meant for collaboration, so there is a good variety to choose from. This is great for instructors that just need some quick ideas and don’t want to read through a giant book to pick them out. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“Fair is not equal; fair is getting what you need.”