“Informative assessment isn’t an end in itself, but the beginning of better instruction.” —Carol Ann Tomlinson
For your students to learn and grow, formative assessment should be considered. There are several ways in which an educator could use Formative assessment such as evaluating student comprehension, academic progress and learning needs.
The opposite of a formative assessment is a “summative assessment” that measures the sum of a student’s learning at the end of a unit or year. Where formative assessments are used to measure progress, summative assessments measure the end point—thereby revealing more about outcomes instead of where to go in the future.
I have witnessed many of my collegues are skillfull in classroom management through my occasional “learning walk” and they seem to be most effective. While summative assessments (like unit tests or yearly examinations) are familiar curricular tools, it is imperative that teachers properly employ formative assessments to most powerfully impact their students’…
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As you leader you need good judgment. You also cannot afford to be judgmental. That’s never more important than when considering the potential of the people on your team.
If you’re like most leaders you’re always watching your team to determine how effective they are in their roles. That’s good leadership. But good leadership is not good enough if your goal is to grow your organization.
Growing an organization requires great leadership and great leadership requires more than simply watching your people. It requires consistent two-way communication.
If you’re not “out there” interacting and talking with your people in an intentional manner then you’re probably missing out on the information that you need to advance from good to great leadership.
When I say “intentional” I mean very very intentional. You must make it a point to invest time each day, every single day, to learn something about someone on your…
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