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Using conversation to assess learning

Hello colleagues, We hear a lot about the importance of formative assessment, which is sometimes referred to as assessment FOR learning. In fact, formative assessment is something excellent teachers do almost instinctually. We are always paying attention to learners and checking on how well they understand. We do this through questioning the whole class as well as questioning and listening to students one-on-one. 

I like the way teacher Andrew Miller describes the role of conversation in this blog post, "3 Tips for Using Conversation for Assessment."

Members, check it out and share your thoughts on these tips as well as how you are using conversations to assess student learning.

(For those who would like to learn more about assessment for learning, check out this website that features useful examples and short videos.)

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Teaching & Learning CoP