25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom: Easy, Low-Prep Assessments That Help You Pinpoint Students' Needs and Reach All Learners
This collection of quick, flexible, informal assessments helps teachers take a snapshot of student learning--at any time during a lesson or unit of study, in any curriculum area. Students' responses give teachers a clear picture of what students know and what they need help with, what material to reteach or extend, and how to pace instruction. Designed to engage a range of learning styles and skills, the assessments come with an easy step-by-step plan, grade-level modifications, tiering tips, and student samples. Also includes 17 ready-to-print assessment forms on a CD. For use with Grades 3-8.
By autumnphoenix2 - June 5, 2010
This book is simply marvelous. If you are interested in assessing your students in a variety of ways- whether or not you consider your classroom "differentiated"- this book is for you. Why this book is such a great resource:
1) The assessments are easy to understand and implement. If you don't have the time to modify them to your needs, you can copy the corresponding pages directly out of the book or off the CD to hand out to your students.
2) The assessments can easily be adapted to any content area and any grade level. The book says it's for 3-8, but many can be used as-is or with slight modifications for high school.
3)The information is split into four sections, which each section focusing on a specific type of learner- audio, visual, etc. You could either rotate through the types of assessments to help students find their strengths and build their weaknesses, or you could use them to provide students with options when it comes to homework... read more
Not so sure these are formative
By Joanne Kornoelje - August 24, 2010
Formative assessments should be quick, on-the-spot, non-graded assessments of whether the kids are "getting it". Most of the assessments in this book are useful, but (in my mind) much more likely to be used as summative (or end-of-unit) assessments. Perhaps these assignments are put together as the unit progresses - but they do not seem to be for the purpose of checking comprehension. Rather, the intention often is to display (posters, etc) what the students have learned. Yes, this could be a check of comprehension, but the formality of the product makes it seem more than that. Also, you need a big paper budget if you have 125 students daily! Each assessment for each student (or student group) seems to require a full sheet (if you follow the author's templates). And, if a group is doing the assessment, how can the teacher be certain that each student is on track?
Excellent book for teachers!
By S. Lewis - July 5, 2010
I will try to make my review as complete as possible. My district is encouraging teachers to use formative assessments in class. There are a lot of articles on the subject, but it is hard to find formative assessment assignments. This book is a great start. I teach foreign language, and am able to adapt most of these 25 examples to my classes. Judith Dodge explains gives step-by-step directions, how to apply the formative assessment, and helpful tips, such for tiering, and on occasion, showing how to use the assessment in other subjects. I like the templates that are included. I have not looked at the DVD that shows the assessments in action, but will do so soon. There is also a large bibliography that may help teachers look further into formative assessments. I personally want a wide array of activities so I keep the assessments fresh and interesting. My hint is to look for formative assessments for other subjects. Science has books with activities. All in all,... read more
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