Classroom Techniques: Formative Assessment Idea Number Seven

Classroom Techniques:  Formative Assessment Idea Number SevenWe’ve blogged thus far on six formative assessment ideas that can be used at virtually no cost in the classroom to engage the entire class while providing valuable information to the teacher on student understanding and comprehension. This feedback is critical for the teacher to be able to adjust their lesson strategy to improve student learning for the entire class.

So far, our blogs have touched on the following formative assessment ideas:


1. The Popsicle™ Stick
2. The Exit Ticket
3. The Whiteboard
4. Corners
5. Think-Pair-Share
6. Two Stars and a Wish

The next formative assessment idea we’ll share is called Carousel Brainstorming. In this concept, the class is split up into groups of four to five students. Each group gets their own chart and colored marker. The idea is to have each group write down what they know about a sub topic or possible answers to an open-ended question. Place a time limit on each group and when the time is up, have each group pass their chart along to another group, or move to the next chart. Students must read what the other groups have recorded for answers and then add to the list. They can also circle or highlight answers that they feel hit the mark or add question marks to answers they feel missed the mark.

When the charts have been with each group they can be reviewed as a class and used by the students to write essays that note relationships, make comparisons, or summarize the information. Teachers can walk the classroom while the charts are being completed and note engagement levels for student understanding, which can be used to adapt instruction accordingly.

Have you ever used or seen Carousel Brainstorming in a classroom? If so we’d love to hear your thoughts or adaptation of it and how it worked for you, so drop a comment below.