Date of Event: May 14, 2013. Location: Garfield Park Conservatory
What is formative assessment?
- A tool that enables teachers to monitor student learning in real time
- Four types of formative assessment include: (See FormativeAssessmentHandout).
- Written: summaries and reflections
- Visual: lists, charts, and graphic organizers,
- Tactical/Kinesthetic: collaborative activities and performance activities
Why is it important?
- Provides feedback to instructors, creates valuable classroom discussions, and demonstrates learning goals for students.
How can you use it
- Learn tools and get ideas for incorporating formative assessment into your programming (See D. Roseland Assess Your Impact Powerpoint Slides).
Summary of Event
As educators, how do we know if students are actually learning the information that we are providing? How do we know if they are critically thinking about the topics that are being addressed, or if there are gaps in their understanding?
In the assess workshop, veteran educator Denise Roseland, taught how to use formative assessment, a process used to evaluate the learning of students in real-time. This technique, enables you to adjust your programming in the moment to fit students’ needs. It can lead to valuable classroom discussions and teach students to utilize one another as resources. Additionally, sharing learning goals with students demonstrates for them what success looks like within the classroom (See D. Roseland Assess Your Impact Powerpoint Slides).
The workshop introduced participants to four types of formative assessment strategies: written, visual, tactical, and kinesthetic. Dr. Roseland provided a list of specific activities for each type of assessment that educators can utilize in their curriculum. Some examples include: white board polls in which each student holds up a white board with their response to a question or Think-Pair-Share, a reflection activity in which students think individually, meet with a partner to discuss their ideas, and then come together as a class to share. Each type has its strengths and weaknesses and participants were given time to reflect on which tools and strategies they could incorporate into their teaching (See D. Roseland Assess Your Impact Powerpoint Slides and FormativeAssessmentHandout).
See what some of your fellow CISC community partners had to say about the Assess Training :
- “The training was very useful. Although my organization doesn’t work on a daily basis with our participants, I will definitely modify and implement some of the ideas to best fit our program.”