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Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is a strategy we use in every lesson to check students' understanding and monitor student engagement, understanding and interests.


Examples of Formative Assessment

Turn and Tell or Think-Pair-Share

Students explain, describe, question and brainstorm in partners.

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Thumbs Up!

Students hold their thumbs up, down or on the side to quickly answer a teacher's questions.

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Exit Slip

Students must answer a question before leaving the classroom before break, or at the end of the day.

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Four Corners

Each corner, or an area of the classroom is given a possible answer, such  as 'yes', 'no', 'I don't know' or 'I believe it could be both'. Students are asked a question and they need to form their opinion and move to the area which implies their answer or belief.


Graffiti Wall

Students post their answers to a specific question on a wall.

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Individual Whiteboards

Students write their answer to a question and then hold up their whiteboards to show the teacher for a quick check of their understanding.

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One Minute Essays

Students are given one minute to write what they know on a given topic.

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An online tool which provides an instant summary of student answers. Students can see how many  peers gave which answer on the interactive whiteboard.


Traffic Lights

Students dots are kept on green if they understand. Students are asked to turn over their dot to red if they need teacher assistance.


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Show of Hands

Students are asked to put their hand up to answer yes/no a question.

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