Old school formative assessment strategies....

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  1. Pi-R-Squared

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    I was observed by the P last week and we had a discussion about it during my planning period. He had left right as direct instruction was done and asked me, "How do you know if your students got it?" and I replied with, "I do the short paper." That is, I have pre-cut printer paper that have been cut in half along the hamburger fold. Every student gets a sheet and I write a few questions on the screen and they answer. After a certain amount of time passes, they pass their paper to someone else and I give the answer(s). This is what I call the "short paper." Whenever the students hear me say, "short paper," they groan.... ;)

    Question is this..... Who else does the old school "short paper" method for formative assessments? And are there new school methods that don't take too much time for setup? I've heard of Kahoot and Plickers but I'd have to set these things up before my lesson. I figure going old school short paper at any moment is better than fumbling around with technology. Comments?
     
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    I’m not a fan of trading papers and scoring. I would either allow the students to self-check or collect the papers and check them myself. I don’t think you have to necessarily use technology for formative assessments, but your P may be looking for evidence that you pre-plan your assessments.
     
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    Yep! I still use it at times. I don't have them pass it to a neighbor, but stress pencils down, so they won't make changes...lol I looked to see what grade you teach and couldn't find it. I have a few other quick non tech ways, but they'd only work w/ certain subjects and grade levels. If your kids grumble though, I'd avoid doing it during an observation....:) I'd say instead of "short paper" we are going to ____. They cheer and you look like the hero. :)
     
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    If I read your principal’s question correctly he may want to know how you ensure students have “got it” during direct instruction before they are released for independent practice. In this case, he is looking for methods you use to “check for understanding” while you are teaching. Some lessons, especially lecture type, tend to follow an input-input-input-input-input-output format. The teacher does most of the work while students watch. Often, the teacher doesn’t know if students “got it” until the next day when homework is checked.

    Other teachers subscribe to a see-say-do format. It looks like this: input-output-input-output-input-output. The teacher gives a small chunk of input then students “do” something with it while the teacher checks how they are doing. Some teachers use lap boards, paper or have students get out of seats and go to the board. Idea is to be able to scan quickly as many students as possible. With paper the teacher might input, students “do” then the teacher says “Show”. Students hold up their paper (written large per instruction) while teacher makes quick scan of class. This helps with pacing - move on or back up and reteach? Fred Jones spins it analogous to “quality control” on the assembly line or building the item correctly while workers are working on it as opposed to a supervisor at the end of the assembly line who checks the item then has to send it back to do over.
     
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    Dec 8, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    I don’t really get what you’re saying. Why is the paper folded?
     
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    Dec 8, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    I cut the paper in half and hand them out. That’s why I call them short paper.
     

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