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Formative assessment

Scaffolding on the Spot!

Hello friends, I recently came across a blog that discusses on the spot scaffolding. I would describe this as the immediate moves a teacher makes when she notices students do not understand what is being taught. In essence, the teacher adds a layer of support to help the students grasp important content. You can check out Rebecca Alber's blog here:

Rebecca outlines three strategies for providing on the spot scaffolding:

"The Intelligence that Guides our Every Moment"

Hello colleagues, I recently came across a quote from the inspiring Lucy Calkins. “Assessment is the thinking teacher’s mind work. It is the intelligence that guides our every moment as a teacher.”

Ticket out the Door

Hello Colleagues, I'm wondering how many of us use "Tickets out the Door" to formatively assess students' learning at the end of class. Leslie Grahn discusses how these tickets can serve as important data to guide our instruction in the next class We can sort the exit tickets to determine which students met the objectives and which ones need more support. During the next class, we can structure small group activities to ensure all students achieve the lesson objectives.

The Common Core and Formative Assessment


What did you learn?  Combining the Common Core Readiness Standards for Adult Education along with formative assessment provides the instructor and learners with feedback on the lesson.  It allows the teacher to determine where the students are in their learning and make the appropriate adjustments in order to meet the learning targets of the day.

Quick and easy assessment techniques

Hello friends, On Terry Heick's blog at this link, you will find 10 formative assessment techniques that can quickly inform teachers of which students understand what has been taught and which students may need more guidance. I'm highlighting one of those techniques below.

Terry calls this one "Dos & Don’ts."

Jayme Adelson-Goldstein to Present June 9!

Hello friends,

 Mark your calendar for this special LINCS webinar on Monday, June 9 from 4:00-5:00 PM EDT! You won't want to miss this!

Which assessment tool do you use more often?

Hello colleagues, I am looking forward to the webinar with noted author Jayme Adelson-Goldstein to be held on June 9 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM EDT on using rubrics and checklists in teaching. In preparation for our webinar, I thought it would be interesting to gather some polling data about rubrics and checklists. Thanks for your participation in the poll!

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Assessment CoP

Webinar: Developing Rubrics & Checklists for Differentiated ESL Instruction

Mark your calendar for this special LINCS webinar on Monday, June 9 from 4:00-5:00 PM EDT!

How have you ...?

Hello colleagues, I am convinced of the importance of making assessment criteria visible to students. How have you done so in your classroom?

Why use rubrics?

Hello colleagues, We have touched on the topic of rubrics in our community before. Jayme Adelson-Goldstein shared with me the following link to  Mia MacMeekin's blog that offers some compelling ideas for why teachers should use rubrics. Among the nine ideas presented are that rubrics improve teaching, improve assessment,  improve the clarity of expectations and improve learning outcomes. Pretty significant claims! Do you agree?  The blogger also outlines how to use rubrics effectively.


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