As we begin the 2022-23 school year, it is essential for math teachers to know where all students are in their learning and where gaps may exist. Having a pulse on student performance during their lessons gives teachers a clear idea of how well each student is mastering knowledge and skills in the lesson, and helps you provide the support all students need to be successful. This is why a solid formative assessment routine is so important.
Having a strong formative assessment routine, or ‘practice’, is key to building a culture of positive student perseverance in math, however this can often be easier said than done.
Building a successful routine that students are invested in requires access to quick data that can be shared with students and used to drive next steps during instruction. ASSISTments provides these data, and we want to share a few key considerations that will help teachers set up a successful formative assessment routine with students.
James Popham, in “Transformative Assessment,” defines formative assessment as, “...a planned process in which teachers or students use assessment-based evidence to adjust what they are currently doing.”
Begin by choosing where during your lesson it would be most powerful to add immediate data for yourself and students. And, ideally, you want to start with one part of your lesson and build out from there as you and your students get comfortable with using the platform. Here are a few examples:
Once you’ve identified the most impactful way to include ASSISTments in your lesson, your next step is to onboard students in a thoughtful way that supports building positive student culture around the platform.
To do this, we recommend getting students familiar with how ASSISTments works via the Student Practice Assignments and Student Tutorial Videos. Having students complete these steps individually or as a class will help them get acquainted with the platform before they are asked to engage with rigorous math content.
Next, we recommend infusing your routines with some best practices that will help establish those routines so you will know exactly where each student is in their skills mastery.
Critical to any successful routine with ASSISTments is knowing what data to focus on and share with students once an assignment is complete. Here are 3 key data points in ASSISTments assignment reports that teachers can share with students and use to drive shifts in instruction:
Here are some examples of how teachers can communicate these data points with students to drive next instructional steps:
To learn more about establishing routines with ASSISTments, watch experienced ASSISTments teacher Marla Edwards in this video, where she describes how she leverages immediate student feedback and Assignment Report data during class to enhance her lessons. In addition, here she shares more detail on her formative routine with ASSISTments and Eureka Math.
ASSISTments is a proven tool. Rigorous research, via randomized control trial, has proven that students experience 75% more learning in classrooms using ASSISTments compared to those that don’t. In addition, teachers spend less time grading and save an average of 30 minutes a day, which allows them to spend more time targeting instruction to meet student needs.
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