At the end of each class, a teacher has her students do a cumulative task on their whiteboards. She looks over the whiteboards and then gives the whole class the feedback of a repeating the rule she has already said.
Formative Assessment or Not: She does diagnose each student’s answer in a formative manner. However, she directs her feedback to the class and not an individual. She does not give a new strategy but only gives the same general rule such as “remember the order” that she has previously used in class. If the students do have the answer wrong, they probably do not understand the general rule so repeating that rule does not help the students. Saying a rule louder or more often does not help students who do not understand the rule.
During the class, a teacher has her students do a task on their mini-whiteboards. She looks over their answers and quickly regroups students. Each group has a specific task to do. Some do enrichment, some have formative feedback for their overcoming a specific gap, and others meet with the teacher for more in-depth help in overcoming the gap. Each student gets the appropriate feedback so he/she can overcome the learning gap and move forward.
Example B shows formative assessment in action.
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