Formative Assessment Resident Expert TeamThe North Smithfield School Department has developed a “Formative Assessment - Resident Expert Team" of teachers to study, research and compile resources about formative assessment practices and strategies to enhance instruction and student learning. We are grateful for the work and commitment of our teachers: Jessica Phaneuf, Lindsay Brooks, Jaclyn Cunningham, Kelly Hubacz, Bernadette Hawkins and Tracy Lafreniere. The team will share knowledge and resources during faculty meetings, via this "NS Formative Assessment Blog" and will also create a “formative assessment” library of resources located in a faculty lunch room within each building. The Formative Assessment Professional Development course is currently available to all Rhode Island educators through RIDEmap. To access the modules, please log into RIDEmap and select the blue Formative Assessment PD link on the right side of the page. We are using a blended learning approach, which combines interactive online modules with facilitated Communities of Practice at the school level. The online modules will include direct instruction, testimony from RI educators, video models of practice, assessments of learning, required readings, and extension activities. I look forward to working with this talented group of teachers and will certainly keep you all posted with updates and information. -Clare
Formative AssessmentFormative Assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievement of intended instructional outcomes.
Exit Slips are written responses to questions the teacher poses at the end of a lesson or a class to assess student understanding of key concepts. They should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and are taken up as students leave the classroom. The teacher can quickly determine which students have it, which ones need a little help, and which ones are going to require much more instruction on the concept. By assessing the responses on the Exit Slips the teacher can better adjust the instruction in order to accomodate students’ needs for the next class.
Admit slips are exactly like Exit Slips, but they are done prior to or at the beginning of the class. Students may be asked to reflect on their understanding of their previous night’s homework, or they may reflect on the previous day’s lesson if the question required a longer response time. Exit and Admit Slips can be used in all classes to integrate written communication into the content area.
Links on Exit/Admit Slips:
Readingrockets: Exit Slips
AdLit.org: Exit Slips
Writing Across the Curriculum: Entry/Exit Slips
Exit Slips: Effective Bell-Ringer Activities
Admit Slips and Exit Slips
The Appointment Clock is a simple strategy in the formative assessment process that can be embedded within a lesson. The teacher directs students to find thee people with whom to schedule appointments at the quarter hour, the half hour, and the 45-minute mark. The teacher begins the lesson and provides information to move students to higher-order thinking. The teacher determines the stopping point and asks students to meet with their quarter hour appointment to discuss their thinking about a couple of questions the teacher has posed. The teacher walks around and listens to the conversations taking place between partners, noting any misconceptions or misunderstandings. The teacher uses this information to adjust instruction by redirecting the next segment of the lesson. Students meet with their half hour appointment and the teacher conducts the same informal observation and adjusts the third section of the lesson. Students continue this process until the lesson is complete. By structuring a lesson in the manner, the teacher is able to determine the current level of understanding for the class and for individual students, and make immediate adjustments to instruction to assist students in their learning.
Appointment Clock Buddies http://www.teamstraus.com/SchoolDaysBorder_files/Teacher%20Farm/clockbuddies_Lower_El.pdf
Appointment Clock Partners http://www.ronnashandassociates.com/pdfs/Appointment%20Clock%20Partners.pdf
Formative Assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of intended instructional outcomes.