The Power of Formative Assessments to Transform Teaching and Learning
Incorporate Assessment Strategies Throughout Your Lessons
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Tired of waiting for end-of-course assessments to evaluate what students have not learned? Interested in using assessments to guide the learning process? Formative assessments are designed to help improve teaching and learning. This collection of unit plans and articles will help you understand how to improve your instruction through timely feedback that can really make a difference to students. Our teacher advisers' lesson plans and strategies show how you can use movie, food and book reviews, presidential vocabulary or setting up class rules to enhance student learning in the classroom.
A trusting classroom environment can help you build an open forum for formative assessment. The classroom has to be a place where your students' unique characteristics and skills are nurtured, where it is safe to ask questions, where constructive criticism is taught, and where students and teachers learn from one another.
In this unit, students will investigate three areas of the review genre: food, movies, and books. Ongoing formative assessment will guide the way in helping the teacher and students study, evaluate, and write their own reflections of literature and the world around them.
Build vocabulary word comprehension skills as well as word-learning strategies related to presidential elections.
Using formative assessments to frame instruction and provide frequent feedback to teens and adolescents is one of most effective ways to motivate even the most unmotivated student.