I love the real time aspect of being able to respond to students responses on the spot. It allows me to see responses and gauge understanding as well as the ability adjust the learning experience for the students to make it as strong and as valuable to them as I can.
I use Formative Tracker to instantly see how my class has performed on each question quickly and instantly. Thanks to Formative I no longer need to input exit tickets and test grades into a gradebook, everything is there in Tracker. I love being able to see individual work or the entire class at a glance. I can quickly gravitate to the student that is struggling. Kids love getting the instant feedback so they can feel confident they succeeded on the task or go back and correct their errors. After all that is what I’m looking for, students to be able to learn from their mistakes. This process gets them thinking!
I love the real time feedback that I can get from students as they are working on assignments in Formative. I can see very quickly which students have an understanding of the concepts and which students do not. I like that I am able to comment on responses when I need additional information from students’ responses. I am also able to see quickly which questions students may have struggled the most on. Formative offers a variety of questions so students aren’t stuck with only responding to multiple choice questions. I feel like this gives me better insight into their learning.
I use Formative primarily for pretests and post-tests for curriculum units. I always ask two open-ended questions that require critical thinking on behalf of the student. This allows me to see how much they truly understand the information. I have also used Formative for map quizzes; now that I am more familiar with the site, I will be utilizing it for more things!
I love the amount of data Formative provides me in an effective and visual format. I use the data to see what concepts students are understanding and where they need more support. After students complete a Formative, I use the data to either assign a new task to students who show proficiency in a concept or create small groups for reteaching the concept. I also use the data to see if there is a concept I did not teach well and needs to be retaught. Students use (and love) the immediate feedback Formative provides so they can see what they know and what they still need to learn. Formative has helped me improve student learning as it is quick and effective for me to assess student understanding and use the data to personalize learning.
I use GoFormative in a variety of ways but especially like to use it in math. I like to use it to demonstrate how to 'prove" your answers and how to best show the strategy used to solve a problem. I use it in whole group to teach and show effective strategies. I have also used it as both formative and summative assessments to collect data for small group instruction. I love the ability to give feedback. I would love to learn how to use the Tracker more this year.
How Are You Using The Formative Tracker?
When I was in the classroom I would act to intervene or to enrich the learning that stems from the assessment. This was always valuable because I knew exactly where my students were at that moment and I could meet them where they were.
I use Formative as a quick assessment tool. It tells me what my students need next.
Previously weekly warm-ups were mostly computational or process oriented problems. This year I’ve established a set format which varies the types of problems and the skills I want my students to demonstrate growth
Mon- Start the bi-weekly Extended Constructed response in Go Formative & on the following Monday students review the feedback/begin revisions
Tues- Quick chek computational problem related to previous content
Weds- Writing to help develop thinking skills (see below for description)
Thurs- Graphing/drawing activity
Friday- WODB’s or some other challenge type activity
Weds-writing prompt. Write 4 lines in 3 minutes
What problem on the homework was difficult for you? Why was it difficult?
If nothing was difficult, which problem do you think would be difficult for someone else?
If you didn‘t do the homework, I want four lines explaining why not?
“Write 4 lines in 3minutes” is a great idea for understanding students’ problems. I will try it at my lessons. Thank you!
I was so excited to find out about Formative. Working in a district where we try to be as paper-free as possible, completing exit tickets and various things can be daunting - especially to take home and grade! This is changing the way I am able to spend my time and creating groups for my students.
What an awesome idea.
I am using formative to give students feedback about their learning in class. I give them written, audio, and visual prompts and have them respond with images, drawing, and audio recordings. This year I am using the audio prompt and response feature to create practice conversations for French and Spanish class. We are using Formative to replace the archaic idea of a language lab. All of it is online on formative and gives us all the data we need to address our students’ needs on a daily basis.
I love using the draw your response for the novice learners to demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary without translating to English. Formative is a formidable tool!
I use GoFormative to create lessons and assessments that allow me to monitor and track student understanding and drive instruction according to student needs.
I use GoFormative to truly assess my students on the standards, and how well they have learned those specific standards. By using the data generated from Formative, I am able to assign specific questions to specific standards. This allows me to see what students need more work on, or if I need to spiral back and reteach the standard, or reteach previous standards that support the one they are learning. This data allows me to be educated in how I educate
I generally use Formative to review concepts or vocabulary terms that we have covered over a day or two. I pick the more confusing topics to ask questions about. I hide the names of students so that when everyone is complete, we review the answers as a class. The students LOVE the immediate feedback and it allows for me to be flexible and reteach a concept immediately if I see that the majority of students are still not showing mastery of it. I think that this helps students to feel more confident in themselves going into summative assessments.
Hello, I teach IB Grades 9&10 Individuals and Societies (Humanities) and DP History.
I love how Go Formative allows me to see if students understand knowledge type questions and can communicate this according to the criteria. I then grade them using the sliding bar (color tool) as they write responses live. They love having that immediate feedback so they can bridge gaps in their knowledge.
At the end of the task, I can switch off student’s names, and then bring up exemplar responses for students to peer comment on the overhead screen.
Works a treat!
It’s immediate, it’s applicable and it’s great formative assessment.
I use formative for different outcomes.
- Use as an entry-ticket or opening idea. I post the anonymous student answers to the question on the board to seek prior knowledge and we can discuss from there. This lets me know where to start the lesson and allows to the students to recall previous knowledge.
- Use for short hw assignments where I can comment on problems they have. I grade the solutions and they cannot get full credit for the assignment unless the answers are correct. This is good for the students to work on their perseverance.
- Flipped classroom - I will assign a guided pre-lesson home the night before there is a new topic. The questions pull from previous knowledge, include videos to watch or the desmos embedded feature to make observations about graphs. This approach creates accountability for material and allows us to have a more fruitful conversation b/c the students are aware of vocabulary before the “notes”. Great pre-class skill for college.
- Exit Tickets - great way to quickly asses what the students acquired in concepts for the day.
I used GoFormative to give a quiz this week. As students were working, I checked each question for each student and provided feedback if something was incorrect. I might give a hint, refer them to a certain page of their math notebooks, or reminded them of something we did in class. Students reacted positively to this and I saw so much greater effort when they knew they had a second and even third chance. The goal is to learn so no more “one and done” chances.