Prior Knowledge Check



I have been using goformative for classwork and I’ve used the show your work feature a lot. I’m currently using go formative as a prior knowledge check to know how much reteaching I need for the current lesson.


Great idea, @Mariela_Romero! If you it as a homework you’ll get a heads-up. You could even include a question and asking your students where they don’t feel sure or if they have unanswered question. If everybody says no, they should be able to answer your questions :wink:


I use Formative for pre-assessing as well. If you offer one question per standard, you can then sort the students by using the tracker for differentiation. For example, the kiddos that are in the green range on a particular standard get extension activities, the students that are in the yellow range get a set type of lesson, perhaps a Formative that has embedded videos and practice, and the students in the red area get small group, hands on instruction.


This is a great idea!


I like the idea of small groups created from those with a red circle. If it’s a quick fix in class I walk over while they are working on it to quickly correct any misconceptions.


I love this idea! I also love to use the “show your work” section just to make sure the students are actually doing work! I teach math so I also use it when students need to graph images or label parts instead of just having them pick from multiple choice answers. The kids really enjoy actually writing on the screen when we get to use the touchscreen chromebooks at our school!


Great idea! I didn’t think about using the tracker as a tool for differentiating like that. :slight_smile:


We are getting touchscreen Chromebooks for the students next year. Are there any tips or tricks for using those with Formative? Did you find a stylus that worked really well? (When the new student devices come in, I plan to check one out and troubleshoot all the sites and tech I use in class as well as see how they interact with my teacher laptop.)


I like how you use different ways of asking absolute value; in words and symbols. I always tell my math students, that each teacher or book, or test can have a different way of asking for the answer. Being exposed to multiple forms of representation and terminology is super helpful!


I do something similar with pre-teaching or building background knowledge with World War II. At one point the activity was a “station rotation,” but I worked with some other teachers to build a Formative where students could go at their own pace:
It is a great lead-in to our unit about Upstanders instead of me just telling kids what they need to know, they have the chance to discover the information on their own.


I like this idea of frontloading the information through a formative. The students should have quite a bit of background knowledge before you begin your actual unit. Has it worked better than using stations?


It works a ton better–stations seem to get backed up or kids zoom through too fast. The new format allows kids to move at their own pace, and provide feedback through formative instead of a document.


I am interested in how the stations work.