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56 Great Formative Assessment Ideas

Source: 56 Great Formative Assessments

As an Educator you are constantly doing quick checks to gage how your students are ‘doing’ in your class. David Wees, a Formative Assessment Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools has created a Google slide composed of 56 assessment ideas. The document continues to grow as other educators add to the great ideas. 

As I scrolled through and ventured to outside links, I was pleased to have another way to collaborate and gain new ideas from other educators. 

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27 Ways To Assess Background Knowledge

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27 Ways To Assess Background Knowledge

J Ribera‘s insight:

When having large class sizes, and a variety of backgrounds, it is sometimes hard to develop your lessons without having some idea of what your students already understand. I like this quick graphic that may help students open up and help educators assess background knowledge.

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The Future Without Grades | WGSI.org

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J Ribera‘s insight:

I could really get behind this idea of doing away with the letter grades. I had so many experiences of bright students that had learned that in order to ‘succeed’ in school they only had to do the minimum to get the ‘A.’ I became frustrated with that mentality and began trying my own versions of self-assessment and peer-to-peer grading. I even approached my school councilor on the idea of not giving grades and was given the option to have my classes be pass/fail. Over all I think that it is possible for educators to change this way of grading even though it may take some effort and creativity.

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Free graphic organizers and more.

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Freeology provides totally free resources such as graphic organizers, printable worksheets, notes templates, journal topics, worksheet makers, calendars, classroom posters, clean jokes, and more.

J Ribera‘s insight:

Always good to have a place to find free printouts of graphic organizers, calendars, and other classroom materials.

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Class Discussion to Encourage Critical Thinking: Resources for Grades 9-12

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Socratic Seminars: Patience & Practice (Teaching Chann

J Ribera‘s insight:

I always found that more genuine learning may occur when students are listening to other students. When thoughts and opinions are shared and then heard and regarded with respect, which takes time to foster, great experiences are had in the classroom by the students and educators.

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