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Hi Member,
Often, when teachers hear the phrase "formative assessment," images of quizzes or constructed response prompts emerge. When we think of formative assessment this way we're seeing it as a thing to do, rather than a recursive process we use to help students cultivate a repertoire of skill. This week we want to help you see formative assessment as part of a process, as part of your feedback loops. The videos below help us see formative assessment as an organic function of the learning process.
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel

3 Ideas for Formative Assessment

All Grades | All Subjects | Assessment
In this video, teacher Jen Saul shows us that practice really is malleable with these folders her students use over and over again.
Grades 9-12 | ELA | Themes | CCSS
I use these folders as a teaching tool and to help my students organize textual evidence and draw conclusions.
Grades 6-8 | Math | Warm-Up
This is one of our most popular videos. Watch how math teacher Leah Acala (discreetly) uses student mistakes to assess and clarify concepts.
Great questions are being asked:
  1. How do you help teachers look at student work?

  2. What are your favorite observation tools?
And we’re getting great answers, too. Here’s a tip from Catherine Castillo on how to keep teachers moving forward in their practice:
We have observation days for each grade level in math and literacy. The purpose is for teachers to learn from each other in our building... I tell them to focus on one thing they would like to try, and then come up with a plan and timeline for implementation. This is one of the most popular things we do with teachers. They love getting in other rooms and seeing what their peers are doing. It is also a great way to highlight teachers that are successful at teaching math.
We know you are always thinking about potential lessons when you’re browsing online. Keep track of Tch teaching ideas and resources anywhere online with the super-convenient Tch Lesson Planner tool. Use it to:
  • save lessons to your Teaching Channel Workspace
  • schedule reminders
Watch this video and learn how to get started.
The race starts on March 1st and covers about 1,000 miles of freezing terrain from Anchorage, in south-central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. Follow the action and all the teaching moments with this roundup of resources! (And don't miss this Tch video, Iditarod & Math.