One of my favorite practices that has really caught fire in education is the formative assessment. I love it because I know that the “check” I am doing will help me figure out what to teach next, who knows the information and who needs help. I’ve taken formative assessment a little further by allowing their handwriting, work and calculations to become our classroom anchor charts.
In this example, I introduced the students to different types of angles to prepare them for the Mini Golf Course Project. It is one thing to be able to identify them, but a completely different skill is needed to draw them! As a morning message the following day, I asked them to draw me three types of angles: acute, right, and obtuse. It was interesting to see who was most confident, they posted their note up immediately. Others were cautious and wanted to make sure they had it right first. Then, there were those few who were completely baffled. On the spot I was able to guide their thinking, it took only 5 minutes as the rest of the students were getting ready for the day. It was a neat way to slip in a quick intervention. As another review during morning meeting, we looked at how the figures were similar and different.
The best part was, these beautiful angles they drew became an anchor chart for the project! They were able to reference it during the entire project. Their pride in seeing such a simple thing on the wall was simply priceless.