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Today's post is about five assessment techniques I have used or plan on using this coming school year:
1) Check out the blog post I did here on In Class √ups.
2) Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: This technique is a very simple way to get immediate feedback from the whole class. I use this often when I feel as though some kids just have not gotten the concept I just taught. I can scan the classroom in less than a minute and find out who is still struggling. If it is only one or two students I will meet with them individually. If it is a small group I may call them up the SMARTBoard while others continue working and go through more sample problems with them. Sometimes I do another example or try to offer a different visual or explain it a bit differently for the whole class. I also might call on a student to explain the concept in their words. I love this technique because it lets every student know that s/he is important and valued.
3) Parking Lot: I have not yet used this technique, but plan on implementing it this coming school year. I have used it myself as a participant in several professional development trainings. I personally like it because I feel that all my concerns and questions will be addressed. The way it was used in these trainings was if you had any question that you wanted clarified or a comment you wanted to share you could post it on the parking lot which was just a large piece of chart paper. Some students prefer to not interrupt the flow of a lesson and feel more comfortable placing a post-it note on a poster at the end of the day. I also like the idea of having every student leaving a post-it exit slip on the parking lot.
4) Exit slips: I think exit slips are extremely powerful formative assessment that can help quite a teacher in my planning lessons. At the end of class if you have students work out a few problems and that is their ticket out the door, you will have the information of who has grasped the learning targets and who needs more practice or explanation. This a great technique for differentiation. Use the results of the exit slip to group students by mastery level of that topic. I have used exit slips a bit, but plan on using them much more frequently this coming year.
5) Show Me Wallet I found this post from the blog 5th grade rocks 5th grade rules via Pinterest and I love how she has taken the concept of a dry erase board for assessment and taken it to a whole new level. I would like to adapt this for use in my classroom this fall.
For more assessment links check out my Assessment Pinboard at Pinterest.