I want to share a quick formative assessment idea that I used in my classroom this week. By quick, I mean you can whip this out in five minutes on your lunch break with half of a sandwich in your mouth (don’t judge). I promise that is all it takes and it will be time well spent.
So you might be thinking,”why do this?” or “I already have a system for this.” That’s fine and you do what works best for you. But my kids were getting bored of the ol’ tried and true individual white boards.
I do absolutely LOVE the sticky-note strategy above, and have used it a ton in my classroom. The only problem I found is that I needed a way to differentiate some of the questions since I have such a mixed group this year. I know I could do exit slips on small pieces of paper with questions on them, but that’s a lot of work! Not to mention, my kids seem to think learning is SUPER fun all of a sudden when I switch it up a bit! So, switch it up I did.
I had it hanging up first thing in the morning. As students were walking in, they read our morning message, and then had to put their answer next to their number. I currently have a few students who are still really struggling with this concept, but I also have some students that have mastered this concept and are begging me for some harder stuff. With this style of a quick check, I was able to differentiate each students’ question and take note of each students’ level of mastery with this standard.
The beauty of this is that it took me about five minutes to put together, about three minutes to write out the students’ questions, and there is no paper involved!