Our focus this semester has been on formative assessment. Why? Because formative assessment is often cited as a characteristic of schools where children achieve at high levels.
As our study comes together this week, we hope your classroom is (or is becoming) a place where you assess learning throughout an investigation. We hope that in your classroom formative assessment is woven into the fabric of instruction to provide a way for you to monitor your students’ progress and make instructional decisions.
Your challenge in this final week is to extend your experience interviewing one child to your work with the whole class. You'll use classroom examples (your own and others') to consider ways to incorporate formative assessment at various points in an investigation. You'll pay special attention to teaching strategies that can help students take the next steps in their learning. Based on the understanding that formative assessment is characteristic of classroom practice, you'll set goals to guide your own next steps.
- Evidence of understanding can be gathered in a whole class setting and used to guide instructional decisions.
- Collecting assessment data and making instructional decisions based on the data go hand-in-hand.