The Assessment—Instruction Link
In this elementary classroom, frequent, formative assessments guide daily instructional decisions. Informal assessment techniques—such as probing, follow-up questions, and physical gestures—help this teacher check for understanding and decide how to modify instruction. As students work in pairs, the teacher circulates to observe and redirect, as needed. Later, the class collaboratively grades student writing samples, using oral reasoning to describe scoring decisions. Combined, the data from these formative assessments give the teacher a well-rounded picture of student progress toward mastery of summarization and note taking.
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