Assessment for ELLs

Creative Ways to Formatively Assess

One of my biggest pet peeves is hearing teachers complain about how poorly their class did on an assessment, only to also hear that they did not use formative assessments to drive their instruction. We have all been guilty of it at some point in our careers. Maybe we were a student teacher who didn’t yet see the benefit of formative assessments or maybe we felt pressure from administration to rush through parts of a unit just to “get through it.” Regardless of the reason, most teachers quickly learn that failing to formatively assess their students can have a very negative impact on their learning, because you are not meeting them where they are and not learning about their misconceptions.

The link below from Edutopia provides teachers with creative ways to formatively assess students’ learning.

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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