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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.
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