Rationale for Formative Assessment

Tools for Formative Assessment

Why would you use it?

Concept Mapping

This activity provides an observable action of the student’s patterns of understanding related to a central idea or concept. Concept mapping serves several purposes:

  • Helps students brainstorm and generate new ideas
  • Encourages students to discover new concepts and the propositions that connect them
  • Allows students to more clearly communicate ideas, thoughts and information
  • Helps students integrate new concepts with older concepts
  • Enables students to gain enhanced knowledge of any topic and evaluate the information

Student-Generated Test Question

Helps instructors see what their students consider important or memorable, what they consider to be fair and useful test questions, and how well they can answer the questions other students have posed.

3-2-1 Reflection

The 3-2-1 can be a helpful tool for getting students to organize their thoughts, and promote reflection and metacognition. This activity provides an easy way to check for understanding and gauge student interest. It is also an effective way to promote discuss or review material.

Differentiation Grid

The technique provides a structure for students to organize and synthesize complicated information. This exercise works well with large amounts of content and can simplify complex, dynamic systems of information. Faculty can identify prior or incorrect knowledge.

Muddiest Point

  1. You can quickly check for understanding. This assessment gives you a picture of misconceptions and confusion that still exists in the students’ mind.
  2. Students can increase their understanding of their own learning. This assessment provides students with a metacognitive opportunity to think about their own learning. This is especially helpful with new information and complicated procedures.

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