Day 1

Start geometry group. and add stuff
  • How would you define Formative Assessment?
  • What was new or surprised you? On page 141 the authors questioned the assumption that students have to be actively involved. I thought that was interesting that it was questioned. JV

  • What are the implications for our work within collaborative groups

Working in collaborative groups allows for group specific development. It may be beneficial to work in department groups since the development of formative assessment may take on different forms depending on the subject. For example, assessing students in math will look different than assessing students in English. Collaborative groups also sets up support for individual teachers. If there is a particular student who is not being cooperative for one teacher, that teacher can ask for help from other teachers who know the student. Simply sharing what works and what does not can push a department in a good direction.

The improvement of formative assessment so that students can become motivated, lifelong learners cannot be done by one single teacher. In order for students to take on the qualities of lifelong learners- curious individuals who are innovative go-getters, students must be confronted with that pressure continuously in their education. Collaborative group work gets all educators on board and puts pressure on the educators as well to move together in the direction of accomplishing a better education that formatively assesses students.

  • What additional information do you need with respect to formative assessment? Knowing the learning styles of the students that you are working with would be a good first step. It also would be helpful to know something about their learning background.