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Teachers: how do you do daily formative assessments without spending all your time grading?

My friends either hand-grade short quizzes, or don't do formal formative assessment often or at all. How do you make SURE your students mastered TODAY'S lesson without spending all your time grading assessments?

Seeking Experience Life Hacking , How To , Education 3 years ago
Isaac D. Van Wesep expert
Isaac D. Van Wesep
Father, husband, entrepreneur
Cambridge, US

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Alex Salinsky expert
Alex Salinsky School Board Member
Technology expert

When I was in the classroom, I gave an "Exit Ticket" with 5 multiple choice questions. 4/5 questions correct is 80% mastery, which means my students are most likely ready for the next lesson. That is, if I chose questions that aligned with my lesson's objectives - harder than it sounds.

Two tricks to speed this up:

  1. Technology - online surveys or physical "clickers" will do a quick class average for you.

  2. Rather than review every student's response every day, pull 10 at random. Your results may not be as accurate, but you will have the data you are looking for faster.

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Experience 3 years ago
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Jill Thompson expert
Jill Thompson Education consultant US
Education expert

I have my students also grade themselves and track their own learning on informal assessments. I also use entry and exit slips.

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Roberto Catanuto expert
Roberto Catanuto Teacher, Club Instructor CH
Education expert

Good question. Tough it may seems quite strange on a site devoted to technology, I stick to personal discussion and interactions with my students to understand if/how they've mastered today's lesson.

After that, it depends on the way you like to organize your whole work. If you do PBL or not, if you follow each student separately or not, etc.

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