What a wonderful way to collaborate! I particularly like the collaboration on creating an assessment as it is evidence of reflection on what it is we want students to learn! Too many times, teachers just use the assessment given by the text or– especially in math– just throw some numbers together without thought to the difficulty of particular numbers together. This assessment makes sense for the levels listed, and it also requires students to justify/explain their thinking. The math teacher in me is smiling and high-fiving!

More generally, this post continues to coax/encourage us to consider the power of collaboration with other teachers in all aspects of planning. Many times, teams collaborate at the beginning of planning a unit, but then go off on their own to implement– no regrouping to reflect together, no analyzing student progress along the way. Even in two different schools, you’ve modeled the power of such comprehensive collaboration. I encourage you to regroup once the children have taken the assessment to reflect on their understanding together!

]]>My name is Shannon Martin and I attended your session a couple of weeks ago in Las Vegas titled Leading Learners to Level Up: Formative Assessment that Builds Confidence and Skill. I was absolutely mesmerized by your presentation and accomplishments. I am currently on maternity leave and I am already brainstorming how to design formative assessments for next year using your tiered levels. Thank you so much for your dedication to learning. Ever since I started my teaching career my goal has been to help students track their own skill progress and the structure of your assessments is ideal. I was seriously in awe all day after your session. A smile did not leave my face when I shared with my family about my conference experience :)

I did have a question in regards to the sample formative assessment you shared during the session “Negative Exponents”. After the students grade the test and fill out the table of specifications to record their level, what was the paragraph that was written below the “I can… ” table? Was that a paragraph the students wrote or did the teacher write that paragraph? If you are okay e-mailing the sample you used during the conference, then I would love to see it.

Thank you so much for your time. You are awesome and if you have suggestions to help me develop your style of formative assessments :) please share :)

I am truly excited to reach out and help my 8th Grade students improve the way they assess and communicate mathematical ideas.

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