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Checking for Understanding on a Daily Basis

The next four videos show how assessment-literate educators can check for understanding on a daily basis where students respond verbally or in writing.

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As you watch, think about the following:

  • How does the teacher ensure that checking for understanding is a low-stress formative assessment?
  • How can the data gathered from the assessment be used to adjust instruction?
  • How are students benefiting from the strategy? What feedback are they getting?
  • How would you use the strategy?

Note: These videos provide examples of quality assessment techniques and materials.

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1.  Stoplight
Watch an ELA teacher use exit slips to assess learning and how students self-assess their learning.

The Stoplight Method: An End-of-Lesson Assessment External Link (Run time :54)

Source: Teaching Channel 2013
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2. Exit Cards
How does this strategy help teachers assess learning and plan future math lessons?

Assess and Plan with Exit Tickets External Link (Run time 2:17)

Teaching Channel 2013
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3. Tiered Exit Cards
Watch the video to see how a secondary math teacher uses differentiated exit cards to group students for the next day.

Daily Assessment with Tiered Exit Cards External Link (Run time 4:35)

Source: Teaching Channel 2013
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4. Text What You Learned
A Secondary English teacher uses texting to check for understanding.

Text What You Learned: Using Technology to Assess  external= (Run time: 1:44)

Source: Teaching Channel 2013
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