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25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom: Easy, Low-Prep Assessments That Help You Pinpoint Students' Needs and Reach All Learners Paperback – March 1, 2009
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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 ideas.
4) If you use tiering in your classroom, many of the assessments provide tips for modifying them with more support (for struggling learners) or making them more challenging (for more advanced learners).
5) Many of the assessments also have easy and practical tips for tying technology into them.
This book is so user-friendly, to the point, helpful, and best of all, inexpensive. I would highly, highly recommend it!
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, a very good place to start for formative assessments.
p.s. I would love to see a second book by Judith Dodge on this topic. More formative assessments please!
This assessment/teacher idea book is excellent. It is easy to follow and very simple to implement. As soon as I rec'vd it, I put several of the formative assessment tools to work in my sixth grade geography classes.
I especially like the cooperative group activities. They have a real-world component that gives students an opportunity to work in collaborative groups. The activities have a critical thinking component built into them.
The title is absolutely correct. This is an easy and very low-prep assessment tool. The activities are so low prep, you can even use them in your Sub emergency plans. You don't necessarily have to use them for assessment. They are excellent for integration into regular daily activities.
However, when using for Subs, be sure to hold students accountable for their work as they will be working in cooperative groups. This will reduce socializing when a Sub is present.
The activities are creative, and they can be adjusted for use with several grade levels. The activities are also flexible, and can be used with a significant number of concepts.
The activities can be modified for use with gifted students, exceptional education students, and regular education students.
I divided students into groups of 3 or 4, distributed a class set copy of the handout 'Headline News! Summary (p. 82-85), distributed a class set copy of a current georgraphy based news article (weather disaster in Japan, Haiti, and Northern U.S., etc.), assigned students a group number, and assigned students to a section of the classroom.Read more ›
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I have used several of these assessments to prepare for Unit tests in Social Studies and the students love being actively involved.Published 1 month ago by Sped teacher
I thought this would help me but it isn't for high school teachers. It doesn't teach the higher level thinking skills for high school. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Isis
A great book for classroom teachers looking for something to help their students take better notes and get more out of their lessons. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SimC
These formative assessments are quick and easy for the busy teacher. What a great resource!Published 5 months ago by Melissa S. Veneracion
I have used this book several times. I really like some of the ways to check for student understanding in this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by BeautyAddict
This book is a must-have for any future special education teacher. The assessments in this book and only useful but they are you UDL friendly and provide a very easy way to gauge... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alex Furman