“all those activities undertakenBlack & William describe Formative Assessment asby teachers, and by their students in assessing themselves,which provide information to be used as feedback to modifythe teaching and learning activities in which they areengaged. Such assessment becomes “formativeassessment” when the evidence is actually used to adaptthe teaching work to meet learning needs.”
Formative Assessments help the students understand where they are headed, where they are rightnow, and how they close the gap in the area that they do not understand. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL54bfmZPzY This short video shows the importance of formative assessments in a classroom and how they help teachers change and focus their curriculum to better suit their students.
Formative Assessments allow teachers to facilitate student learning and helps the student to close the gap when there ismisunderstanding about a topic because the students are given the feedback to help move their learning forward.
JOURNALS My students have 3 journals in their desks; one for math, one for reading and one for S.S. and Science. We use these journals daily. I have the students write, draw, explain, and even question content in these journals.
This was one of their journal assignments. Weread a story together and I modeled “thinking out loud”. We then read another story, we did thisprocess together. On day 3 this was their independent practice. The stories challenged them to ‘think outside of the box.’
This was a child’s verison of a poem. I asked themto draw a small sketch that went along with each stanza after we had discussed the poem as a class.This was an easy way for me to check their understanding of the poem.
The students were asked to relate their background knowledgeto what they read in the poem. I also encourage my students to question what their readingand ask them to write out their thoughts.
These are both examples of quick formative assessments. We studied both the solar system and the parts of a plant. These simple drawings helped me evaluate each child’s understanding veryquickly. They were not graded. I leavesmall notes and comments to help the students understand how they can correct the issues and grow in their understanding.
This was a KWL chart that I had my students complete after an intense study of the votingprocess and the two candidates. We also followed this study by having the students participatein a mock election that included the students having to register, the ballets, booths, and the I VOTED stickers.