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The 60 Second Paper: A Formative Assessment Strategy for Any Subject

watchOne of the most crucial elements of a good lesson is giving students an opportunity to reflect on your essential question or clear learning targets so that they can self-assess what they learned as well as what they may need to review or ask for support to grasp.  The 60 second paper is a great formative assessment strategy that you can use as a closure activity in order to see where your students are so that you can best meet their needs.

Here’s how it works:  Simply ask students to share in less than one minute the most important things they learned during class today and identify any areas of confusion or questions they have.  You should, most certainly, point them back to your essential questions and clear learning targets as well.

Reviewing these papers will give you an idea of how to plan your instruction moving forward, where misconceptions lie, and who may need additional support.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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