Formative Assessment is assessment FOR learning.

10 Key Points about Formative Assessment (from Page Keeley)
1. How students (and teachers too!) view an event, phenomena, or object in science depends on their prior knowledge and experiences.
2. Just because you taught it doesn’t mean they learned it.
3. Formative Assessment promotes thinking as well as provides information about thinking.
4. To use formative assessment effectively, classroom environments must change so that all ideas are valued and respected, not just the right answers.
5. Selection and use of formative assessment strategies must be purposeful.
6. Formative Assessment can be used to initiate inquiry and engage students in scientific argumentation.
7. Students fail to grasp the big ideas when they are limited by context.
8. Hands-on activities can have unintended consequences.
9. Representations can reinforce or develop misconceptions.
10. Misconceptions are not bad. They are a good thing when teachers purposefully use them as a springboard to bridge students’ ideas with conceptual understanding of science.

Hear Page Keeley discuss Formative Assessment CLICK HERE
Resources:
  • A Private Universe Project and A Private Universe Project in Science
  • NSTA Web Seminar - Uncovering Student Ideas in Science
  • Chapter from Science Formative Assessments: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning By: Page Keeley FACTs_Keeley.pdf
  • From Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 Formative Assessment Probes By: Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Lynn Farrin
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  • From Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 More Formative Assessment Probes By: Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Joyce Tugel
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  • From Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 3: Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes By: Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Chad Dorsey
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Concept Cartoons are cartoon-style drawings that put forward a range of viewpoints about an everyday event.
Online Workshop/PowerPoint on Concept Cartoons
Examples:
Will a coat help a |melting snowman?
Why don't you see stars during the day?
Examples From Glasgow Science Center - |Science on the Subway
Why does the moon shine?
Why is the day on Earth24 hours long?
Why is it colder in winter?
Is it dark in space?
Biology Concept Cartoons
Motion Concept Cartoon with followup activity.

Representation Analysis

No Hands Questioning
Random Name Picker

Concept Mapping

Interactive Student Notebooks