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Sharing assessment & grading strategies that help students learn

Despite the fact that our school has had AFL as its Professional Development focus for the past 4 years, there is still much that we can learn from one another about how best to use assessment to increase learning.  To foster continuous learning and improvement, we will start many of our faculty meetings with an AFL-related discussion question.  The results of our discussions will be posted on a Forum Discussion such as this so that our ideas can be archived and better shared with one another.



Question for 10/24/12


What is the non-graded assessment you most frequently use to make sure your students understood the day's content before they leave your classroom?

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Question-and-answer session--individual or as an entire class

(as submitted by Justin, Terry, Sarah, Thad, David, and Robyn)

Using index cards with student info. on them, I ask review questions about the day's material and call on students to answer as I draw their card. I also end the review with a question of two that the class can answer collectively.

I am the only person in my group today.

You have a good looking group today

If you'd stop being anti-social, you'd have a group! :)

I use small whiteboards at the end of the period to ask questions about the content I taught that day. Each student would hold up their answers and depending upon their response I will either go on to the next question or have a quick review!

Sometimes I have my students demonstrate spelling concepts learned by moving word cards in order to spell sounds they have learned. I also have them use the Smart Board to spell words using Wilson Word Cards I created. Sometimes I review Comprehension skills learned and key words/questions through asking questions out loud to each student. Every once and a while I have them start the homework and ask me questions if they need it. I may also have a question posted for them to work out on paper and a discussion follows.

Most common - Card sorting, whiteboards

Least common - questioning

(submitted by Ray Moore and Emily Herndon)

Ray uses a "How Did I Do" review sheet before taking a test.  I sometimes have kids show me a 1 - 5 on their fingers or write it down on their paper (1=I'm lost, 5=I could ace the test).  

 quick recap by asking a targeted set of questions to all students to check for understanding

Whole class choral response. 

Marker Boards. 

Performance based assessment. 

Assign/check/go over practice problems similar to examples worked by teacher.

Asking students what questions they have about concepts/procedures covered.  (Not just "are there any questions?")

Short drill type questions on vocab./notation.

Moody, Simpson, Jamison and Armistead


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