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Unit 3: Learning From Students’ Work and Teachers’ Lessons

Strategies for Assessing Students’ Understanding and Learning

Grades 6–8 Example: Checking in for Understanding

Effective strategies for checking on and assessing students’ understanding can be simple and take very little time.

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Watch how this 8th-grade teacher uses "Be Sure To" to assess students' learning while giving the responsibility for using the new knowledge back to the students.

"Be Sure To": A Powerful Reflection Strategy (6–8) External Link

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Take a moment to think about what you could ask your students to “be sure to” take from their learning and apply to their writing. Possibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • using a section of a rubric to assess their own writing
  • using a point from a discussion of a writing sample that is a model for the genre they are writing
  • using a strategy they just practiced for organizing their argument
  • using what they learned from analyzing claims and deciding which are more effective than others