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 many ways that an online learning environment may be organized with regard to structure, roles and responsibilities. Often times the depth and scope of the organization depends upon various factors such as student enrollment and overall organization size.
Most commonly organizations are divided into two primary management systems based upon various functions. These systems are the Learning Management System (LMS) and the Student Information System (SIS).
Within larger organizations the Student Information Systems, tends to include teachers, students, and student facilitators or counselors, and administrators. As the names of these roles seem to dictate, teachers are responsible for the teaching of the content. Students are the learners. Facilitators or counselors tend to be responsible for overseeing overall progress and counseling regarding that progress. Finally, administrators work to oversee the overall learning environment.
The Learning Management System is where the curriculum, policies, and procedures of the online learning environment are created. Here is also where we see the collaboration of all roles come together. In the LMS, we again note the roles of administrators, students, and teachers, but this area is expanded to include parents and course developers, and overall institutional administrators.
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.