Formative Assessment

Kathy Dyer
Perspective: Two Teachers Weigh In on Formative Assessment Effectiveness

As teachers, we’ve all experienced that point in our careers where we might feel we’re simply speaking to students instead of teaching them. We can impart all the knowledge in the world to our students but is it sinking in? Or is it bouncing off a ...

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Kathy Dyer
The Role of Letter Grades, Standards-Based Grades, and How Formative Assessment Plays a Part

Jessica Lahey wrote a thoughtful article for The Atlantic titled Letter Grades Deserve an ‘F’ in which she says: …if the purpose of academic grading is to communicate accurate and specific information about learning, letter, or points-based grades, are a woefully blunt and inadequate instrument. We ...

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Kathy Dyer
Four Thoughts on Formative Assessment – Buzz from Twitter

Twitter is a great social media tool for gathering information, thoughts, and insights on just about any topic under the sun; formative assessment is no exception. With that said, here are four recent tweets from on formative assessment – and what they sparked for me. ...

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Kathy Dyer
Making the Connection Between Checking for Understanding and Formative Assessment

I was doing some searches online on the topic of ‘checking for understanding’ and came across a nice blog post at Pushing Forward titled Ready-to-use Tools: Checking for Understanding. While he doesn’t mention the term ‘formative assessment’ – he uses on-the-spot assessment strategies instead – much ...

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Kathy Dyer
UPDATE: 36 Digital Formative Assessment Tools for the Classroom

If you've followed our blog here at Teach Learn Grow, you know that we’re a huge proponent of formative assessment. There is no shortage of formative assessment techniques available to teachers to use in their classroom. They provide teachers the valuable feedback they need to adjust ...

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Kathy Dyer
Formative-Assessment Focused TLCs: What Works Best for Professional Learning?

Colleagues from all over the Denver metro area gather and wander around Greg’s room -- talking, looking, reading, handling and taking pictures. As the group settles, there is a quick review of this month’s agenda and then the sharing begins. Greg, a 6th grade social studies ...

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Kathy Dyer
Proof that Student Self-Assessment Moves Learning Forward

Pauline Zdonek wrote a compelling piece at SmartBlog on Education titled – Helping Students Self Assess – that highlights and supports one of the key tenants of formative assessment. In it she shared her method of getting students to assess their quiz results, by having them ...

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Kathy Dyer
Grading in a Formative Assessment Classroom

Grades and grading are always hot topics with teachers, administrators, students and parents all having different perspective. I certainly understand that there needs to be some sort of measurement of student progress and for now letter grades are what we have, but that doesn’t need to ...

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