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Instructional Strategies for Formative Assessment

Sherry Franklin | Published: May 4th, 2023 by K20 Center

Summary

This collection contains strategies for implementing formative assessment in the classroom. Formative assessment is a method of evaluating student learning throughout the learning process rather than just at the end. It enables teachers to identify areas where students need additional support and to adjust instruction to meet the needs of individual students. This type of assessment provides valuable, real-time feedback to both the teacher and the student. Using formative assessment regularly can increase student engagement and motivation as well as improve overall learning outcomes.

Resources

How Am I Feeling? What Am I Thinking?

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

Students self-evaluate or reflect on their learning and social-emotional status after exploring or engaging in a new topic or concept. This formative assessment can also double as an Exit Ticket. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual

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  • Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Reflection

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Lines of Agreement

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

This formative assessment allows participants to select a claim and argue to defend their reasoning. This strategy can be used in a variety of ways to activate student thinking by supporting a claim with evidence. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

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  • Engage/Opening, Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 10 - 20 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Analyze, Compare & Contrast, Conversation Starter, Critical Thinking, Physical Movement, Speak & Listen, Student Choice, Summarize

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
My Favorite Mistake

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

This formative assessment strategy enables teachers to evaluate student misconceptions while also helping them overcome the fear of failure. By celebrating the strengths within "wrong answers" and working out the correct answer as a group, teachers can strategically target student understanding and... Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Analyze, Collaborate, Evaluate, Problem Solving, Reflection, Review, Self-assessment

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th
Stoplight Stickies

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

This strategy provides a formative assessment to gauge how confident students feel about their understanding of new content and/or their ability to put that new learning into action. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Evaluate, Self-assessment

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
Tell Me Everything

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

In this strategy, students write down everything they remember about a topic or concept as a review, self-assessment, or foundation to build upon for future assignments. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Explain/Closing

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes, 10 - 20 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Analyze, Elaborate, Evaluate, Identify, Organize, Reflection, Review, Self-assessment, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
What Are You Doing And Why?

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Kindergarten - Undergraduate

This instructional strategy is a quick formative assessment of your class's understanding of the purpose of a learning activity. The data collected in this quick check-in will tell you if the students are engaged both with their hands-on and their minds-on. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Large Group (at least 30), Medium Group (at least 10), Small Group, Small Group (at least 4), Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Explore/Learning Activity, Explain/Closing, Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Active Engagement, Critical Thinking, Elaborate, Evaluate, Identify, Reason, Reflection, Self-assessment, Speak & Listen, Summarize, Synthesize

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Kindergarten - Undergraduate

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