The first fundamental principle of effective classroom feedback is that feedback should be more work for the recipient that the donor. Dylan William
When teachers build assessment for learning into their daily classroom practice, they plan discussions, tasks and activities that will provide evidence of learning. There are many simple, quick and effective ways to make assessment for learning an integral part of every day. It is important to remember that assessment for learning is not the specific strategy or tool, but how the information gathered from the tool is used.
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The following examples highlight more ways that teachers and students use assessment for learning in the course of their day in order to adjust their teaching and learning.
|Teacher Maya Dougan listens in on group discussions to check whether or not students are on the right track. She is able to step in when needed to clarify misconceptions or ask a question that will move students forward in their thinking. Finding time to observe students and listen to their discussions provides feedback about learning as it is happening that teachers can use to adapt learning and teaching activities to the needs of the students.|
|Mary Sauve, has her grade 9 students create mind maps as a way of assessing what they understand about a particular concept. These mind maps also help students organize their thinking before starting on a project.|
Crafting Feedback That Leads to Learning discusses five techniques for giving feedback to help students improve their work.
TCEA offers information on Five Fabulous Formative Assessments for your Classroom.
Paul Emerich’s teaching blog offers information on creating assessment criteria in conjunction with his students.