“Informative assessment isn’t an end in itself, but the beginning of better instruction.” – Carol Ann Tomlinson
Formative assessment can help teachers better understand what students have learned as they progress through a unit of study. As a result, it’s important to find creative, effective, and efficient ways to incorporate ongoing formative assessment. This strategy provides data that can used to guide instruction and intervention.
- Write an answer to a pre-determined question on the board.
- Using their notes and resources used to study the selected topic, ask students to write questions to match the answer on post it notes.
- Have students stick their questions to the board, surrounding the answer.
- As follow up, have students find evidence to support their questions and answers.
- Use this SOS Strategy to
- review a person, place or thing
- look at a character or setting of a book
- practice number sense (write a number as the answer & have students write equations to equal that number.)
- Summarize the “big idea” of a daily lesson topic
- This strategy is courtesy of DEN STAR Debra Leeson from Fulton County Schools, GA.