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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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Verbal question and answer, mini-quizzes, exit slips

(Allie, Cammie, Katie, Stoney, Paige)

Ask questions in class, mini activity to show understanding & check answers for understanding, practice skill and check by walking by student to check reply

Sheryl, Anna, Margie

Reply for Tori, Stefanie, Dawn, Danyel, Susan G., and Paola

1. Exit slips with a self-rating. 

2. Anonymous survey - asking students to answer questions with their eyes closed such as do you feel you  understand this, could be good at this with more practice, etc. 

3. Monitoring students as they are speaking about the topic covered in class.

4. Homework quizzes 

We use a variety of assessments that differ according to our subjects taught.  Our assessments range from simply asking questions, checking work off student computer screens, using white boards, non-verbal signals from students (thumbs up, thumbs down, raising sticks, etc.), heads down questioning, "Get it? Got it? Need it? boards" and surveying comfort levels. We don't always; however, wait until the end of class to assess our students, it is typically a continual process.

Exit pass. Blog.

1. raising of hands for right answers

2. index card dipsticks that hit at major points of day - sometimes discuss; sometimes hand in

3. worksheet that covers material - not graded but used to assess


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