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Plickers- Formative Assessment

If you are using exits tickets in your classroom or a form of formative assessments then you might want to try out Plickers! This app allows teachers to collect data instantly and can help teachers organize their instruction. Follow the steps below to try out Plickers for yourself! Sign up for an account here Add a new class Enter the ... Read More »

Checking for Understanding

Checking for understanding is an integral part of differentiating for students and ensuring we meet their needs. Edutopia shared 53 ways to check for student understanding.  These formal and informal formative assessment strategies are great ways to provide students with some creative ways to gauge what they know about  your content.  How can you use these strategies in your classroom? Read More »

My Favorite “No”

My Favorite “No” is a great formative assessment strategy to use as a bell ringer or a ticket out the door.  No matter your subject area, this strategy is a great way to combat misconceptions about content and to see exactly where students need support.  Watch this short video to learn more.     Read More »

ExC-ELL (Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners)

How do English Learners learn best?  What instructional strategies are most effective for the English Language Learners?  According to Dr. Margarita Calderon’s research, the quality of the instruction may be more important than the language of the instruction when it comes to providing effective educational programs for ELLs.  Calderon defines high-quality instruction as strategic, systematic, and incrementally built on what ... Read More »

Capture Your Thoughts

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If you are looking for a new formative way to allow students to summarize their learning, try Capturing Your Thoughts.  This tool allows you to capture students’ thoughts on four elements of your content of your choice. Use the template linked below to provide students an opportunity to respond to a passage, answer the Essential Question, list most important elements ... Read More »

David Schouweiler Touts the Merits of Standards-Based Grading

Standards based grading (SBG) provides students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery.

Standards Based Grading (SBG) is an education buzzword gaining momentum nationwide over the past few years — and for good reason!  Unlike other education flavors-of-the-week, SBG is a powerful tool and educational philosophy that empowers students to take ownership of their learning while alleviating the burden of remediation.  The core principle of SBG is that students should be assessed on ... Read More »

Using Poll Everywhere for Formative Assessment


Poll Everywhere​ replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It’s the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. And because it works internationally with texting, web, or Twitter, its simplicity and flexibility are earning rave reviews. With a free account, you can poll up to 40 individuals for each ... Read More »

Predict-O-Gram: A Vocabulary Strategy for Pre-Assessment


Looking for a new way to introduce a concept, unit, or theme?  Provide students with a list of terms, vocabulary words, or concepts found in an upcoming reading. For example, if the students were preparing to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the teacher might share the following terms: depression, segregation, jury, trial, South, Alabama, lawyer, racial segregation, kids, jail, ... Read More »

Creating Quality Clear Learning Targets

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To what extent do students understand what they are supposed to learn in your class? How do you know?  These questions provide food for thought as to how we share our knowledge with our students. Often times, we make assumptions that students know what we want them to learn. Clear Learning Targets provide one method that we can use to ... Read More »

Are your essential questions REALLY essential?

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In his critically-acclaimed book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen R. Covey said, “To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of y our destination.  It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now so that the steps you take are always in the right ... Read More »