Formative Assessments

Formative assessments monitor students progress during the learning process. Using these assessments are extremely necessary to hold a successful, progressive classroom. The information that is gathered through these assessments are helpful for the teacher to identify the areas of difficulty for each student. Using this information, teachers can adjust their approach to teaching while helping students adjust their studying methods. Vicki Davis states in her article, 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools, “Test scores should never be a surprise. You don’t need to be a mind reader.” I find this to be very interesting. As teachers, our job is not to be mind readers and know right off the bat who will understand specific material and who will not. We need to be resourceful and use technology integrated with formative assessment to capitalize on our students abilities and strengthen their weaknesses. We should always be familiar with where are students are at and formative assessments will help us do this.

This past semester we used Kahoot within my civ seminar. We built a quiz based on the material for the week and completed the quiz as a class. Students were able to join in with their computers or cell phones and compete against each other for points. The teacher can see who answered what question correctly which is important in the formative assessment process. Kahoot also allows students to create flashcards or embed videos for a review session if needed. I like Kahoot because it was extremely interactive, super fun, competitive, and easy to use. My seminar loved it because it was something different that we could all engage in as a group!


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