Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom
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Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom

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Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey show how to increase students' understanding with the help of creative formative assessments. When used regularly, these types of assessments enable every teacher to determine what students know, what they need to know, and what type of instructional interventions are effective.
Paperback, 158 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
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Oct 30, 2011 Kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
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What is wonderful about this book is that it reminds us of why we assess our students. Not just how to do it (which they do offer so many wonderful ways) but also why. Not for state testing requirements, not for state or federal funding, but to improve our teaching. We assess our students to improve their learning experiences through our teaching. We assess our students to see where misconceptions or flat out misunderstandings lie. A good book to remind us of how important these points are in th...more
Mar 17, 2008 Mari rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: educators; anyone
Recommended to Mari by: Mary Harthun
The authors offer a rich array of practical and proven methods for diagnosing students' prior knowledge and preconceptions before instruction begins and for regularly monitoring their learning along the way.

A fellow teacher and I are reading this for a summer book study. Although some specific teaching techniques are immediately usable (I used one last class), most of the book is directed toward elementary teachers.
This is a great book that talks about using oral language, written language, and other formative assessment techniques to check for a student's level of understanding. Very practical and diverse in terms of techniques.
Mar 15, 2008 Jaime rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jaime by: Mary B.
All it took was 5 minutes over lunch on Thursday to conclude that this book offers just a couple of new assessment ideas--which I will try, of course!
Jun 21, 2009 Bug marked it as to-read
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Highly recommended to me by very experienced teachers--So I feel confident recommending it without reading. Have not yet had time to read.
Thomas Henderson
Invaluable for both the new and the experienced teacher.
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