Formative Assessment

Kathy Dyer
Growing the List: 50 Digital Education Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success

The beauty of formative assessment is that there is no shortage of strategies and techniques available to teachers to use in their classroom. They provide teachers the valuable feedback they need to adjust their teaching so student learning moves forward. Today, digital tools available in smartphones ...

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Kathy Dyer
Pivoting in the Classroom – Teachers as Entrepreneurs

Jeff Goins has a great guest post over at Michael Hyatt’s blog titled The Surprising Success We Find in Failure. In it he discusses how pivoting can turn what might be deemed a failure into something exceptional. He uses the example of Eric Lefkofsky and his ...

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Kathy Dyer
New Year’s Resolution – Implement Formative Assessment in Your Classroom

Whether you’re one to make New Year’s resolutions or not, there are some easy to implement classroom strategies that can have positive changes. One such strategy we’ve blogged about extensively here is formative assessment. Not to be confused with interim or summative assessments, formative assessment is ...

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Kathy Dyer
Portraits in Partnership: The Power of Building Teacher Collaboration (Implementing KLT, Part Four)

Just about two years ago we began a blog series that followed the implementation of Keep Learning on Track® (KLT®), our formative assessment, teacher professional development solution, at Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School District in Ohio. We shared then-Assistant Superintendent, Linda Uveges', reasons for selecting the KLT teacher ...

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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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