Formative Assessment

The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. More specifically, formative assessments:
  • help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work
  • help faculty recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately
                            -The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation

In this strand, you will learn what formative assessment is, see examples of it, and learn how to give growth mindset feedback to students.  In the second session, you will learn how and when to use different electronic tools as formative assessment.  In the last session, you will evaluate a lesson to see if the formative assessments are effective, and then have time to create your own formative assessments for a unit next year.

Part 1:  Introduction to Formative Assessment

In this workshop participants will learn about different types of formative assessment that can be used in any subject area.  You will participate in several mini model lessons that will spark ideas of how you may use these assessments in your own classroom with your own curriculum.

Part 2:  When and How to Use Electronic Tools for Formative Assessment

By allowing students to use their mobile devices (or class sets of devices), teachers can take advantage of technology students already have to create lessons using a variety of FREE online response tools. Teachers will learn to create polls to track student understanding and keep them engaged. Bring a laptop or mobile device.

Part 3:  Evaluating Lessons & Creating Formative Assessments

In this workshop, participants will evaluate a lesson to review the effectiveness of the formative assessment.  Then, participants spend time creating their own unit or lesson plan that includes Formative Assessments and follow Tuttle's Guidelines for formative assessment.  You will be able to build these assessments using tools from the previous two  sessions.