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What are your favorite ways of assessing students understanding?

Nov 13, 2014 4:46pm

Specifically to those in ELA, what are your favorite summative or formative assessments? Can you provide links to these or describe them? I am a new teacher and would love to hear of some great assessment strategies for ELA.

  • English Language Arts
  • Assessment


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    • Nov 15, 2014 2:43pm

      Exit cards on a regular basis have helped me assess students. It doesn't single out specific students, but you can see what they share (I use sticky notes). I can also use them to plan for lesson differentiating the next day in bell work or scaffolding.

      • Nov 22, 2014 7:46am

        I use sticky nots and students self assess where they are in their learning. We use a stoplight with red, yellow, green, red meaning I need help! and green meaning I am confident in my skills and could teach this to others. The students judge their understanding both before and after the day's lesson by displaying their stickies on the stoplight in our room!

        • Nov 19, 2014 9:56am

          I like that iPhone idea, but I'm a little old fashioned. Personally, I like to ask the students themselves what they learned and liked about the lesson, face to face. Maybe hold a group discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of the lesson. For Summative, I don't like quizzes at all, students can cram the day before. I personally like to continue discussions, let's say assigning a group project the week after the lesson to go over it. Things like that.

          • Nov 22, 2014 12:36pm

            I think you've gotten some great responses so far. Here's a link to the Stoplight strategy:
            For me, before I plan any assessment, I have to know my goals for both the unit and lesson. With those objectives in mind, I design the assessment accordingly. Personally, I have my students do a lot of writing and discussion! I'm trying hard to grade LESS and instead give students useful feedback and opportunities for self-evaluation, inspired by Kelly Gallagher's advice for writing instruction:

            • Nov 22, 2014 4:38pm

              My favorite way of assessing student understanding is to give each of them a whiteboard and they complete a math problem on that and they they hold it up when they are done. I can see instantly if they all understand the concept and if I need to continue to teach it or if I can move on. This works well in math class.

              • Nov 23, 2014 7:13am

                Normally, I design the test accordingly right after the lesson. Sometimes, I ask students to check one another and then report the result to me.