Formative Assessment

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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Kathy Dyer
Habits of Mind and Their Connection to Formative Assessment

Terry Heick offered up yet another great blog post at TeachThought – 16 Strategies for Integrating the Habits of Mind in the Classroom. He certainly made the connection to outcomes-based learning, and many of the Habits of Mind he referenced are very connected to the practice ...

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Kathy Dyer
Using SimCity and Commercials as Classroom Formative Assessment Tools

Reading Benjamin Herold’s blog over at Education Week – Popular SimCity Video Game, Now a Classroom Assessment – was a walk down memory lane for me. When I was teaching woodshop (back in the late 1990s), I used SimCity as an assessment long before it was ...

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Kathy Dyer
33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom

I came across a great blog post the other day – Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think – that told the firsthand account of a teacher, Steven Anderson, who implemented formative assessment in his classroom. He used a sticky-note version of an exit ticket to ...

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Kathy Dyer
How is Curling like Formative Assessment?

With the Winter Olympics fast approaching people are gearing up to watch that strangely addictive sport curling. For those of you unfamiliar with curling, you can find a quick overview here. Both formative assessment and curling are ‘planned processes,’ so to speak. Formative assessment is a ...

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