Last week was my first week trying to purposely incorporate Formative Assessment into m teaching. Here’s what’s working.
1. Collaboration- My students love that I am having them talk to each other often. They appreciated the opportunity to share and I assume to feel their opinion is valued. As I walked around to monitor the vast majority were talking about what I asked them to and contributing to the group.
2. Discipline- The students were so involved in the activities presented to them this week and the discussion that I had fewer behavioral issued to deal with this week. Let’s hope this is a continuing trend.
3. Thinking- Though sometimes a struggle the students are beginning to explain their thinking. They back up their ideas with examples from the text. The times when student had difficulties with this I could directly link a part of the lesson that wasn’t designed clear enough to provide a proper expectation for them to meet.
4. Clearer planning- Spending extra time on planning definitely paid off. The clearer the expectation the better the results.
I had an unexpected family event take me from the classroom Friday. I planned a summative assessment in Comprehension to see if my detail lesson plans resulted in positive test scores. When I know I’ll let you know. But for now Formative Assessment techniques and careful planning have definitely paid off for me and my students in one week of experimentation. Now for the next week.