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10 Innovative Formative Assessment Examples for Teachers to Know

Try these innovative formative assessment strategies in your classroom! Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you transform learning.

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How to Completely Transform Your Teaching with Exit Tickets

FREE! Chart showing the difference between formative and summative assessments - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini

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Know Students Better: A Visual Guide to Formative Assessment Tools — Learning in Hand with Tony Vincent

There is a very wide variety of digital formative assessment tools that can be used for free. I’ve made simple graphics for 18 of them. Most of the tools work with any web browser, so they are great for laptops, computer labs, iPads, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

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Pre-K Learning Goals

Free letter names and letter sounds tracking sheet. Great phonics assessment for pre-k or kindergarten at the beginning of the year that can be used to monitor students progress throughout the year. Easy way to communicate with parents what students know.

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ELA Weekly Assessments {4th Grade} | Distance Learning | Google Forms

Google Forms Now Included! The ELA Weekly Assessments are being added as Google Forms. You will be able to download the links as they are available. These are the months currently available as Google Forms:   April - done May - done June - done July - N/A August - done September - done October - done November - done December - done January - done February - done March - done  You asked, I answered. This resource is a result of multiple requests from 4th Grade teachers that have been using the ELA Morning Work {4th Grade}. These teachers wanted a way to assess the skills practiced throughout the week. These weekly assessments are a companion for the Good Morning, Sunshine! ELA Morning Work {4th Grade}. The morning work is available in an ELA bundle or the ELA + Math Morning Work {4th Grade}. Click the links below to view these bundles. (Please note there are NOT assessments for the Math bundle.) ELA Morning Work {4th Grade} ELA + Math Morning Work {4th Grade}  The ELA Weekly Assessments are available for the following grade levels: ELA Weekly Assessments (3rd Grade) ELA Weekly Assessments (5th Grade)  ELA Weekly Assessments (6th Grade) The ELA morning work covers critical language, grammar, and comprehension skills over the year. The suggested way to use this resource is by reviewing the skills throughout the week with the morning work, and then giving the assessment on Friday for a weekly quiz grade. Not only will this hold your students accountable, but this also serves as a gauge for students' learning. Plus, it's a consistent weekly quiz grade with a streamlined answer key to be easy on your teacher eyes! This ELA + Math Morning Work is available for the following grade levels: ELA + Math Bundles 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade ELA Bundles 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade ELA Weekly Assessments 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade Math Bundles 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade Let’s connect!  The Literacy Loft Blog The Literacy Loft on Instagram The Literacy Loft on Pinterest The Literacy Loft on Facebook If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at Jessica@theliteracyloft.com   Happy Teaching! - Jessica

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The #1 Way to Improve Student Behavior! - Let Them Self-Assess

Looking to improve student behavior? Check out this Weekly Self-Assessment where the students take responsibilty for reporting behavior.

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Free Preschool Assessment Form + Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum Review

FREE printable preschool assessment sheet for teachers and parents to record children's progress. We also reviewed the Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum which is an all-inclusive, low-prep monthly program that is conveniently delivered in a fun box full of hands-on learning and discovery.

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Free Formative Assessment Data Collecting Checklist for Teachers

One of the best ways to group students for reteach and enrich is by collecting data on formative assessments throughout the week. I created this free

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7 Free Assessment Resources for Pre-K to 1st Grade

7 free resources to help you take an informative and fun assessment on students Pre-K to 1st grade. Perfect for homeschool or summer supplemental learning.

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Metacognition: Helping Students Assess Their Own Learning

Click on the picture for free download from TpT. I've been thinking a lot about formative assessments lately. Formative assessments are all about gathering information from your students - during instruction - in order to inform your teaching. The most obvious place to gather that information is from student work (click HERE to see a post about that), and it can be a lot of fun. Another place to gather information is also from your students. But now you have to get inside their brains, and find out how they assess their own learning. How in the world are we supposed to do this? And why is it important? Let's tackle the importance question first. Studies show that students who are partners in their own assessment show increased engagement in all subject areas, and are more likely to become life-long learners. Also, students who are taught to analyze their own learning show increased motivation to learn. Well, that's enough to convince me. It just makes sense, and I think we can agree that this is important. So the next question is, how do we do this? Here's the bad news. Most students don't walk into your classroom knowing how to assess themselves. In fact, many adults have trouble with metacognition. Here's the good news. Metacognition can be explicitly taught. In fact, every teacher I know is already doing this (though perhaps we are not always aware of the fact that we are teaching metacognition. haha). We model reading strategies such as activating prior knowledge, summarizing, finding the meaning of a word through context, and stopping and rereading, just to name a few. Click on picture to see Pin. Here's another great Pinterest idea. If you have not invested in a tap light, it is fabulous for modeling reading strategies! Just tap the light on when you stop reading to model what you are thinking. Run to Walmart and get one. You won't be sorry. The only downside is that students will remind you to use it every time you interrupt your read aloud. So if the phone rings in the middle of the book, be prepared for 26 voices to yell, "Turn on the light first!" when you go to pick up the phone. When it comes to math, those of us teaching the Common Core State Standards are modeling the 8 Math Practice Standards (see that post, HERE). These practices are vital to teaching students to monitor their own mathematical thinking. We model ourselves not giving up, even when something is difficult to master (MP1), or looking for a shortcut (MP8), etc. (I have to share this... the other day, one of my students was struggling with a math concept. I asked him if he could find a shortcut to use. He looked up at me and said, "I'm going to use the long cut, because I really want to learn this.") So what about metacognition as it relates to self assessment? Well, we have to model that, too. And here is where it gets fun. We get to model for our students that we make mistakes. All. The. Time. Then we walk them through the thought processes involved in fixing the mistakes. I want my students to see mistakes as something positive - as the poster says, mistakes are proof that you are trying! Here are some ideas: Model mispronouncing a word, catching yourself, and then correcting it. Make a mistake on a math problem. Model how to find the correct answer. Revise something. Decide (out loud) in the middle that it is not quite right. Then fix it. Stop in the middle of a sentence and ask, "What am I doing right now? Am I on task? What is my strategy for learning?" © 2011 woodleywonderworks, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio In the past I have used the idea of Marzano's levels of understanding for the process of self assessment. I gave each student the "stoplight" colors to keep on their desks (red - I need help, yellow - I'm trying, green - I can do this), but I felt as though I needed more than color coded paper. I've also used the number system (A student who holds up one finger needs help, and so on), but I wanted to use them together, with the addition of light bulbs to signify learning. I checked on Teachers Pay Teachers, and there are many excellent versions, but nothing quite matched the picture in my mind. So I made my own. (So here you can see my own version of self assessment posters, a rubric, and cards for students to keep in/on their desks. There's also a notebook page. Click on the picture to take you to my TpT store and see for yourself, if you like.) This process of going from 'not knowing' to 'trying' to 'understanding' to 'explaining' also has to be modeled for students. Here are some ideas: Model those mistakes, and why they are a good thing. Model that it's okay to ask for help. Model that everyone is different, and some people need more practice than others. (I use drawing for this one, because I'm terrible at it, but I still try. And I need lots of practice!) Model that being on #1 is not a bad thing. It just means that you haven't learned something yet. (I use the Spanish language for this example. Sometimes I don't even want to try, because I know I will make mistakes. About half of my third graders are bilingual, and when I mispronounce something, they let me know!) Model the difference between explaining how to do something and simply giving the answer. Thank you for reading along as I think about my thinking (and teaching). I truly believe that writing this blog is helping me to become a better teacher. I'm sure that most of you are light years beyond me in this journey, and I'm humbled by the fact that you choose to read my meanderings. I hope you can use the free posters at the beginning of this post, and I hope you will come back again to read some more. Next time, I'll show you my new KWL charts. And KWHL charts, too. Happy Self Assessment and Metacognition,

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