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How would you explain informal assessments to new teachers? examples? How to document so they help drive instruction, yet not formal assessment??

Oct 17, 2016 1:37pm

  • English Language Arts
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  • Assessment

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    • Dec 27, 2016 10:34pm

      I use blogging to assess whether students are following what we read, but I do not grade them. I give them a choice of three questions that require some inference or analysis. I give a grade on the last few blogs by which time they have improved significantly.

      I also try and build in practice assignments that mirror the skills I will assess in the summative. Example: we were doing a summative assessment of writing a narrative from two perspectives. We did a formative on the Magna Carta: King John and the Barons, gave feedback, and then a summative on the Declaration of Independence (either patriots/loyalists or colonists/British). Another formative along the way was using the 5 point narrative structure to write a quick biography of themselves.