Formative assessment is about exchanging feedback between students and teachers. The feedback students receive about their learning helps them know what to do next to reach learning targets. The feedback that teachers receive helps them shape their instruction and plan interventions.
This session will examine research and literature related to formative assessment and then explore practical formative assessment strategies that participants can use in their classrooms. Participants can expect to leave with a deeper understanding of formative assessment and how it can be applied in their classrooms.
Although the specific examples shown will be almost exclusively from mathematics, the strategies and theory explored are applicable to any subject area.
John taught mathematics for 18 years before becoming a consultant in support of the revised curriculum in Alberta. A 2.5 year stint with the Alberta Assessment Consortium researching formative assessment in math classrooms taught him the things he needed to learn to be able to deliver this session. He is currently an Assistant Principal in a Junior High School in Edmonton. John has delivered workshops on assessment in mathematics in a wide variety of interesting places like Oklahoma, Niagara Falls, California, the Northwest Territories, and Onoway.