Formative Assessment

Kathy Dyer
8 Formative Assessment Data Sources that Help Students Become Better Learners

Not too long ago Daniel Venables shared a blog at TeachThought titled 8 Frequent Sources Of Formative Assessment Data which talks about data as tools teachers can use to teach better. He provides eight sources of daily classroom data [which] can be invaluable in informing instruction ...

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Kathy Dyer
Classroom Strategies: Planning for and Building Instructional Agility

Not too long ago I heard Tom Schimmer talk about instructional agility. The phrase really captured me; it surfaced ideas and questions that I’ve thought about for quite a while. That “What’s next?” question that we as teachers ask so often fits into this thinking. I ...

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Kathy Dyer
Classroom Contracts – Building a Culture of Student-Centric Learning

As a new school year gets under way, many teachers are getting to know their students and vice-versa. It’s a perfect time to establish classroom goals, behavior expectations, rules, and learning targets. In many ways, establishing these benchmarks is similar to creating a contract between students ...

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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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