Looking for a new assessment strategy? Check out these 21 quick and easy strategies to find out what your students know. These are no prep strategies that at most require a piece of scrap paper. Have you created an assessment resource? If so, link up at the bottom of these post.
Use the following strategies to gather information about what your students know so you can better plan targeted learning opportunities. Some of the strategies allow you to gather general information about student understanding while other strategies allow you get assessment information about individual student learning.
1. Brainstorming – Brainstorming is always a great way to find out what students know. Give students a topic and have them share their ideas.
2. Buzz Groups – Put students into groups of three to five students and ask them to “buzz” about a topic. Give students a set amount of time … say five minutes … and then bring them back as a group. Ask a few students to share what they talked about in their buzz groups.
3. Choral Response – Ask students a question and have them all respond at the same time. Questions that have yes/no, true/false, etc. responses are appropriate for this type of activity. Choral response allows all students to participate even if they are unsure of the answers.
4. Discussion – Hold a discussion on a given topic. Use responses from the students to guide the discussion and determine what they know and what they still need to learn.
5. Draw Something – Give students a piece of scrap paper and the name of a topic or a question about a current unit. Ask students to “draw something” about the topic or question.
6. Exit Cards – Ask students a question and have them write the answer on a slip of paper before they leave the classroom.
7. Fist to Five – Students hold up the number of fingers that represent their understanding. Ask students a question and have them hold up a fist if they don’t understand, two or three fingers if they understand a little bit, and show their entire hand if they have full understanding.
8. List Three Things – Provide each student with a piece of scrap paper and ask them to list three things about a new topic or three things they have learned during a current unit.
9. One Minute Essay – Provide students with a piece of scrap paper and ask them to write a one minute essay on a current topic of study. As soon as the minute is up, students put down their pencils … even if they are in mid-sentence.
10. One Minute Pause – Stop at key points in a lesson and ask students to pause and share what they have learned, what questions they have, etc.
11. Open-Ended Questions – Ask students one or two open-ended questions and have them respond orally or on a scrap piece of paper.
12. One Sentence Summary – Students write a one sentence summary about a topic or lesson on a piece of scrap paper.
13. Peer Interviews – Provide students with a list of three to five questions and have them “interview” a classmate to discover what they know about the topic. Students can take turns being the interviewer and the responder.
14. Paper Pass – Give students a topic and have them write about that topic for one minute. Students then pass the paper to their right and continuing writing on their classmate’s paper for another minute. Continue this activity for a number of rounds.
15. Quick Write – Give students a scrap piece of paper and have them complete a three to five minute “quick write” on a given topic.
16. Say Something – Give students a topic or a question about a topic and go around the room and have them “say something” about it.
18. Three Questions – Get students to jot down three questions they have about an upcoming unit or three questions they still have about a current unit of study.
19. Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down – To determine student understanding about a current topic, skill, or concept, ask students to think about what they know and give you a “thumbs up” if they understand, a “thumbs down” if they don’t understand, and a “sideways thumb” if they are starting to understand but need more time on the topic.
20. Turn and Talk – Ask students a question about a current topic of study and have them “turn and talk” with a neighbour.
21. Webs – Have students create a web on a topic. They can draw a circle on a piece of paper and write the topic in the middle. Students then create the web around the circle.
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