The buzz word this month during our PD's is pre-assessment. Even though we're given a pacing calendar to follow, and we have to prepare them for the state test, each unit and topic should be pre assessed. We should only teach it if we've assessed their prior knowledge. I started a graffiti wall so students can write down anything they want on a question I ask them before a unit. i.e. What is a hypotenuse? Answer(I have no clue) That is my pre-assessment tool for this week. Any other creative suggestions???