Session 11: Improving teaching through Formative Assessment
The focus for the next three sessions is improving your teaching in your subject through formative assessment, active learning strategies, and monitoring and feedback.
Formative assessment is a crucial aspect of effective learning. It involves designing classroom activities that will enable teachers to make in-process evaluations of students’ progress during the lesson. Formative assessment helps teachers to identify concepts that students are struggling to understand, or skills they are having difficulty acquiring. It also helps them to work out how to best support the students in their care.
The aim of formative assessment is to collect detailed information that can be used to improve teaching and learning while it’s happening. It is “formative” because it is used to inform future planning.