I teach a freshmen college English course. I’ve been using formative assessment throughout the course. We do at least five very structured formative assessment peer reviews before we even write a draft (Successful Student Writing Through Formative Assessment). During today’s class, we peer reviewed a draft of their contrast essay. I asked the class to vote whether they wanted 1) to hand in their essays the next class which was just before the vacation or 2) to do another peer review and have the essays due after Spring Break. I told them I would do whichever they wanted. 90% voted to have their essays peer-reviewed again. They wanted more formative feedback so that their writing could improve! One student even boasted as he showed me his peer-reviewed draft, “Look at all the ways I can do better!”
How do you use formative assessment to constantly assess students and to “instantly” help them to improve?
My book, Formative Assessment: Responding to Your Students, is available through Eye on Education.
Also, my book, Successful Student Writing Through Formative Assessment, is available through Eye on Education.