Formative Assessment Strategies
- Provide prompt for students to make connections between content and a typically unrelated topic or object.
- Students draw rather than use words to show understanding of a concept.
Dos and Don'ts
- List 3 Dos and 3 Donts related to content.
- Form of pre-assessment to activate students' background knowledge and help you make informed instructional decisions.
- Students briefly respond to teacher prompt at the end of a lesson/day. e.g., What might be most important thing you learned today? What questions do you still have?
Fist to Five
- Students hold up fist or number of fingers to indicate a 0 to five rating of their current understanding.
- Students share visual and/or text representation(s) of their learning.
Headline News Summary (Often used as Exit Ticket)
- Prompt individuals or small groups to compose a concise headline that captures current understanding of the topic.
Postcards from the Past
- Students take on the personality of a historical figure and write a postcard to another historical figure from the same era about a significant event of that time.
- Two to three minute timed writing where students reflect on and summarize their learning.
- Provides snapshot of students current understanding of the content.
- Allows students to begin the metacognitive process and make connections to their own lives.
- Present a STATEMENT. Student offers an OPINION (agree or disagree) and then SUPPORTs his/her opinion with evidence.
- How might you transfer learned content to a similar or new situation?
Turn and Talk
- Students turn to partner and discuss most important points to remember from lesson.