Mastering Formative Assessment Moves: 7 High-Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning

Mastering Formative Assessment Moves: 7 High-Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning

Mastering Formative Assessment Moves: 7 High-Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning

Mastering Formative Assessment Moves: 7 High-Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning


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How do you know if students are with you at the beginning, middle, and end of a lesson? Can formative assessment offer a key to better teaching and learning during instruction? What if you could blend different formative assessment moves in your classroom, with intention and care for all students, to help make better instructional decisions on the fly and enjoy more teachable moments?

Educators Brent Duckor and Carrie Holmberg invite you on the journey to becoming a formative assessor. They encourage you to focus on these seven research-based, high-leverage formative assessment moves:

  • Priming--building on background knowledge and creating a formative assessment-rich, equitable classroom culture
  • Posing--asking questions in relation to learning targets across the curriculum that elicit Habits of Mind
  • Pausing--waiting after powerful questions and rich tasks to encourage more student responses by supporting them to think aloud and use speaking and listening skills related to academic language
  • Probing--deepening discussions, asking for elaborations, and making connections using sentence frames and starters
  • Bouncing--sampling student responses systematically to broaden participation, manage flow of conversation, and gather more soft data for instructional use
  • Tagging--describing and recording student responses without judgment and making public how students with different styles and needs approach learning in real-time
  • Binning--interpreting student responses with a wide range of tools, categorizing misconceptions and p-prims and using classroom generated data to make more valid and reliable instructional decisions on next steps in the lesson and unit
  • Each chapter explores a classroom-tested move, including foundational research, explaining how and when to best use it, and describing what it looks like in practice. Highlights include case studies, try-now tasks and tips, and advice from beginning and seasoned teachers who use these formative assessment moves in their classrooms.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781416622628
    Publisher: ASCD
    Publication date: 06/27/2017
    Pages: 333
    Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

    Table of Contents

    Foreword by John Hattie
    1. Priming
    2. Posing
    3. Pausing
    4. Probing
    5. Bouncing
    6. Tagging
    7. Binning
    About the Authors

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    Lorrie Shepard

    "In Mastering Formative Assessment Moves, Brent Duckor and Carrie Holmberg elaborate specific instructional moves to help both novice and seasoned teachers deepen their formative assessment practices. Their vision is not to be added on top of other reform initiatives but fits perfectly within equity-focused, ambitious teaching practices aimed at deeper learning. I like that the authors push back against quantitative indicators as the best means for tracking learning progress and offer ways, instead, for triangulating and building upon qualitative windows into student thinking."

    Jim Popham

    "For two full decades, formative assessment's prevalence in our schools has fallen far short of its proponents' predictions—particularly given the research evidence supporting its effectiveness. Drawing on their own experiences as practitioner-researchers, Duckor & Holmberg have come up with a marvelous set of implementable guidelines, for both prospective and seasoned teachers, showing how the formative-assessment process can sparkle."

    Ben Daley

    "The authors have performed a rare feat, they explain the "why" of formative assessment at a high level, but Duckor and Holmberg also get into the nitty gritty of actual classroom level practice. Educators, both new and experienced, will find much they can use here."

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