Formative assessments flow seamlessly in the learning process because they are a part of the learning process. Most situations involving formative assessing are not and shouldn’t be for a grade. Students in my environment find this hard. So do teachers. How do we motivate them? We need to build a culture that it is not all about the mark.
Formative assessing is about goal-setting and the ownership of the learning process for students via feedback and input both from the teacher and from the students themselves.
Lastly, formative assessing DOES NOT need to be a traditional type of assessment. It can be something as simple as a brainstorm or Kahoot. Be creative.
Many of you may remember i have had great success with this tol. I thought it was about time I reflect on it again. Kahoot is great because:
You can introduce a New Topic or Unit – have students participate in a Kahoot quiz to gauge their prior knowledge. I suggest turning off the “points” for a game like this so students aren’t intimidated to make a mistake.
Create a Survey – Kahoot also allows teachers to create surveys and discussions through the platform. This gives students an active voice in the classroom, helping them to feel important and involved.
Springboard a Class Discussion – Powerful learning can happen after a quiz, so explore together the correct and incorrect answers on Kahoot. Ask students “why?” as a follow up question. Students will gain deeper levels of understanding and teachers can receive insight into the data.
Student-Made Quizzes – The students love making their own.
Spice Up that “Boring” Topic – Each class will have that one topic they just don’t get into. Kahoot has generated interest in some very dry work.
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I have an academic interest about what is good learning in a classroom. The idea that a quiet class is not necessarily one of learning. Alan November wrote an excellent book about teaching and learning titled, Who Owns the Learning (2012).When I visit and observe classrooms, this is the question I ask myself. Simply Who owns the Learning? Who is this lesson about? The answer to this single question helps you determine if you are observing schooling or a culture of learning. Student contribution comes in the form of project-based learning. You can also see student contribution when a group of middle school students are making a video in science class, rather than watching a video. When students participate in a kahoot or padlet, you can hear students push back and ask clarifying questions. In a classroom where three students are designing a product, based on an authentic task you can see that students are applying their skills and demonstrating their understanding. I often ask myself “Are the students being compliant or contributing?” Sometimes I feel it is the former. What does your school look like?
Socrative can be used for quick quizzes and also on the fly, as I’ve already shared. Here’s another feature. Before class, I create quizzes that we can play as a game called Space Race. The website automatically divides the class into teams. Kids know what color team they’re on and can look at the rockets racing one another on the board. I don’t always record the grade, particularly when I know I have more teaching to do.
The advantage of Socrative is that it gives me percentages that I can use as a grade if we’re ready for that. You can even use it for traditional quizzes if desired.
Kahoot lets us build fun quizzes. Students use computers, cell phones, or other devices to join in the game. You can create flashcards for review. You can also embed videos and use Kahoot as part of the teaching process, or students can create review games to share. One disadvantage is that students can use aliases. While I can see overall how the class is doing, unlike Socrative, I can’t see the patterns of which unfamiliar nickname is struggling.
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