Embedded Formative Assessment
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Embedded Formative Assessment

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If we are to maintain our status as one of the world's leading economies and secure our economic futures, and if we want our students to thrive in the impossibly complex, unpredictable world of the 21st century, we must concentrate on increasing educational achievement by increasing the quality of the teachers in our schools. Dylan Wiliam faces this challenge head-on by ma...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published May 25th 2011 by Solution Tree (first published May 1st 2011)
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Lisa Nimz
I "finished" this book a long time ago, but keep going back to it. I am a veteran teacher and this is currently my most valued resource. It is changing certain crucial aspects of the way I teach.

My attention was riveted when I noticed that Wiliam seems to know all the ways that teaching can be frustrating--especially aspects related to practices that seem like they should work but do not. In order to change those practices, I must have an open mind and be disciplined because it involves changing...more
Another great book for educators by Solution Tree Press.

This is a great book for someone like me who is in mid career and wants to reflect upon their own practices and come up with new (and old) ways of monitoring student learning.

What I appreciated about the author, Dylan Williams, is that he tells it like it is, and makes no apologies for calling out the errors of the past decade's movement to reform the system. He uses studies to back up his propositions and then moves on to the heart of th...more
Theresa Leone Davidson
William's book is all about formative assessment - the assessment a teacher does while teaching, not at the end of teaching with, say, a test (that's summative evaluation)but while teaching, quick, easy strategies that lets a teacher know if she is getting her message to the students and, if not, how she can adjust her teaching - and while some of what he writes is not realistic, or even desirable (like American schools ideally would get rid of all grading) most of what he includes is sound, esp...more
This is one of the very BEST books in education that I have read in a very long time.

I heard Dylan Wiliam speak in Nashua last summer, Granite State College brought him in as the kick-off to s school improvement work session for teacher teams. He models good teaching and what he outlines in this book which is refreshing in educational speakers. Michael Fullan and Robin Fogarty are two other speakers who come to mind and do this in their sessions. He is great with wait time, circulating among AL...more
Oct 04, 2012 mstan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All teachers
Recommended to mstan by: Work
I first read Wiliam and Black's "Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards through Classroom Assessment" (1998) (just google it) two years ago, and it had a profound effect on the way I thought about assessment in the classroom. Engagement in good assessment practices is not something that comes naturally to teachers, in my opinion, except perhaps in the form of asking good questions and giving students sufficient (but not too much) wait time. Actually, most teachers in this system would think of...more
Leonard Houx
One of the best books I have read in education. Up there with John Hattie's Visible Learning. I hope to be able to incorporate his insights into my work as soon as possible.
Jestin VanScoyoc
This is a formative assessment of the book, and I should give more constructive, quality feedback after implementing some of the strategies. It seems to be researched based. It reads as a blend of styles of persuasive, narrative, and instructional-strategies.
This book is filled with excellent suggestions, research-based, for embedding informative assessment in your classroom WITHOUT more testing. Many of the techniques involve helping students take responsibility for their own learning in excellent ways. My 4* reflect that while it has a ton of hands-on, ready-to-go ideas, it also contains a fair amount of research and policy ideas, as if the author was split between two audiences.
At times this books was a little overwhelming, but it was also an inspiring call to action with a great deal of ready-to-use classroom techniques. The book touched on a variety of areas such as motivation, student engagement, and student accountability, as well as assessment. This was nice because it placed assessment within the big picture of teaching, rather than talking about it in isolation.
Chris May
I liked this book, even though it is a bit hard to read at times. His understanding of educational research, and the flaws of much of that research. Useful to refute admin types that arbitrarily site the strategy of the month as "researched based" The second half of chapters 3-7 focuses on strategies that can be used in the classroom. I found some of them helpful.
Heather Phillips
Finally a book that outlines how to set up formative assessment in a way that works in any classroom with any subject. Good read, Very informative.
Erica Speaks
Genius. I especially appreciate Mr. Wiliam's analogies, as well as acknowledgment of classroom realities. The usual gap between "ivory-tower" theory and "in-the-trenches" practice is bridged brilliantly, which sets his book apart from most.
Chris McMillan
The 'why' of formative assessment is powerfully covered within this book. I have read many on the topic and this is credible and powerful as a good initial reference. It is also easy to read as well and enjoyable.
Allyson Olson
Wiliam makes a great case for why formative assessment has the power to transform student achievement. The second part of the book has lots of strategies that teacher can implement in the classroom.
Krista Tillman
Second half of the book is the best - filled with suggestions about how to get students more engaged in the classroom with use of some quick and easy formative assessment strategies. LOADED with research.
Formative assessment is not new to me or to my teaching; but Dylan Wiliam teases apart the research in a way that is invigorating and practical. This is a must read for all teachers.
Graeme Eyre
This book is a must read for any teacher.

It provides a clear balance between theoretical background and practical ideas for the classroom.
Aug 17, 2014 Kira rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers
Recommended to Kira by: Dylan Wiliam
I am so grateful that Dylan Wiliam included such practical strategies and techniques to support the research compiled in this book.
Fiona Philips

Some interesting ideas that inspire me as a teacher but also make me feel completely inadequate
Darren Kuropatwa
Hands-down the best book connecting research and practice in education that I've ever read.
Michael J
Essential reading for anyone looking to help instigate positive changes in public education.
Made me rethink my views on rubrics
It wasn't as bad as it sounds.
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