On Friday, Feb 28th, all Legacy teachers spent time sharing and discussing the best ways to assess whether students are “getting it” or understanding concepts taught in real time – while they are teaching. Formative assessments are not normally done for a grade. Instead, they are used by the teacher to gauge where students are in understanding a concept. Teachers use this informal data to adapt instruction and reteach concepts.
A few tools teachers at Legacy use are: -iPad APPs: Socrative, Near Pod -Online programs like: Quiz Star, Survey Monkey, Edmodo, Poll Everywhere, Google Drive -Teacher created ideas like: Jeopardy Games, Exit Tickets, KWL Charts, Thumbs up/Thumbs down
For more info on what Formative Assessments are, check out this article from Educational Leadership: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec07/vol65/num04/The-Best-Value-in-Formative-Assessment.aspx