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Web Resources for Formative Assessment

Tips for Teachers - Asking Good Questions  http://www.edb.utexas.edu/minliu/pbl/TIPS/question.html#hots 


Edutopia: The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom  http://www.edutopia.org/asking-students-good-questions

Using "Think Time" and "Wait Time" Skillfully in the Classroom  http://www.ericdigests.org/1995-1/think.htm


Methods for Documenting Student Progress  http://newteachersupport.suite101.com/article.cfm/methods_for_documenting_student_progres

Response Logs:

Response Logs for Content Classrooms  http://www.wku.edu/3kinds/rjprlmain.html

Rubric for Response Logs  http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Mountain/9112/journalrubric.html 


Peer/Self Assessment:

Two Stars and A wish: This peer assessment is particularly useful for the writing process.  Students pair up and read the others work. The reader must identify two things the author did well (stars) and one specific suggestion for improvement (the wish). The teacher can use this strategy as a formative assessment by circulating around the classroom and listening to the conversations between partners.  

Peer Feedback and Self Assessment  http://www.teachingexpertise.com/articles/two-stars-and-a-wish-1394

Assessing Learning:  Peer and Self-Assessment  http://www.nclrc.org/essentials/assessing/peereval.htm

Laundry Day
 This is a strategy where students evaluate their own learning in preparation for a chapter or unit test.  They group themselves in the classroom around four different kinds of laundry detergent: Tide, Gain, Bold and Cheer.  In their chosen corner they will work on activities to enrich or improve their understanding of the required content.   The teacher provides support as needed, as well as help clear up misconceptions of the students and assess their level of knowledge before their test. 


Summarization: To check understanding, ask kids to write three different summaries:

  • One in 10-15 words
  • One in 30-50 words
  • One in 75-100 words.

The different lengths require different attention to details while compare and contrast with peers.

Doodle It   Have students draw what they understand,instead of writing it.

Chalkboard Splash:   Numerous students respond to a prompt/question on the chalkboard or whiteboard at the same time.



Two Roses and a Thorn:  Name two things that you liked about a chapter, lesson, etc and one thing you did not like or you still have a question about. This can be used as a wrap up or an exit ticket.