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Embedded Formative Assessment by Dylan Wiliam
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Mar 31, 12

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Read from November 03, 2011 to March 31, 2012

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.
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Katherine How does it compare to books like Angelo and Cross' Classroom Assessment Techniques (other than perhaps the age of the students for whom the assessments are designed)?


Jane I've only seen the Kindle sample for Angelo and Cross, but from the Table of Contents and overview, I'd say theirs still concentrates more on formal assessments. William has information on good assessment, but some of the most useful techniques deal with, "How can you immediately know whether students are with you or are getting lost?" I love what he described in a talk at AuthorSpeak as a "giant game of chicken." He asks students to raise their hands and ask a question when something in a lecture doesn't make sense. And, his classes know that he will call on another student to answer the question. In other words, there's an incentive to admit you don't know as soon as you realize something's gone over your head. And, it makes all students responsible for content.

Also, rather than time-consuming SRS quizzes, he suggests having students write A, B, C and D on different cards. He can then pose multiple choice questions and see how many students are on track (and no, he doesn't advocate simple, factual information...)


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