Formative assessments are how teachers measure student progress throughout a learning unit. Ideally, teachers would use formative assessment on a daily basis. With the results of formative assessments, teachers can identify areas of strength and weaknesses to guide and target their instruction.
I currently teach college level courses through the online model and 6th Grade Social Studies and Language Arts in a face to face traditional classroom setting. In these settings, I use a great variety of formative assessment strategies. There are many activities and strategies that work well for assessing student readiness and for formative assessment within the course of the learning unit.
For Quest 1.1.1, I have chosen to focus on my 6th grade Social Studies class. In this classroom we are using formative assessments daily. One recent formative assessment required students to design a Tagxedo or Wordle to create a vivid image of Australia. Students were instructed to include words that illustrate the form of government, environmental resources, climate, and important geographical features. While I did use this for assessment within the unit, I could have very well used this as an assessment for readiness by asking the students to complete the assignment prior to instruction. In this manner, I would have been able to assess what my students knew about Australia prior to instruction.
Here is the link to a sample of this activity:
There are basically two forms of communication in the online classroom, asynchronous and synchronous. An asynchronous environment allows teacher and student to post within their own time schedules. They do not need to be online at the same time to communicate in this manner. For example, the teacher may post something for the student in the morning, and the student may read the information later that afternoon. We often see this type of communication through the use of an online classroom forum, email, or even via telephone texting.
Synchronous communication is where both the educator and student arecommunicating in real time. For example, regardless of location, both student and teacher are engaged simultaneously in the communication. We often see this type of communication through telephone contact or instant messaging.
Ideally, a good online program will be more of a blended format where both asynchronous and synchronous methods of communication are used as needs dictate.
It is a beautiful day outside.The temperature is in the mid 80’s; it’s sunny, low humidity, peaceful with a light breeze.Most people would probably agree that this sounds like a very pleasant day.
Most of us could agree on the key factors that make up a beautiful day, but there would be a lot of debate on how to assign a value to each.
It is impossible to assign a value to every element that makes up a beautiful day.Each part of the day is important and relies on the other elements to make up the day.If just one of these elements is off (no sunshine, high humidity, etc.) the quality of the day suffers.
As silly as it is to say that a light breeze makes up 10% of a great day it’s equally silly to give different teachers a percent of a student’s success or failure.