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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!
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. I modeled and used direct instruction.
I taped large chart paper on the walls around the classroom, and each group had to create the form on the chart paper, fill in the form, and illustrate.
This activity assessed their ability to follow directions, determine the main idea, seek out facts, use critical thinking skills, plan, collaborate, question, predict, summarize, read in the content area, and use technology.
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!
Genre: Education and Teaching.
Number of Pages: 96.
This book is meant to provide quick and easy formative assessments [ongoing assessments, observations, summaries, and reviews that inform the teacher’s instruction and provides students with feedback on a daily basis] for students in grades 3-8, but a few of them can be applied to older grades, especially as exit tickets. It also includes a CD of all of the forms, data collection sheets, and assessments to download, which is very easy and nice to have!
This is a pretty short book. The first part talks about what formative assessments are and how to use them to inform your instruction. The second part is 25 examples of formative assessment. Each one contains a description of the strategy, step-by-step instructions, practical applications, tips for tiering, how to integrate technology, and samples of student work.
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