Assessment Strategies: In Real-Time

Let’s talk about numbers!  Our previous assessment TXT4 Teachers featured Language Arts based authentic formative assessment strategies.  Today, we will look at teacher who has incorporated a variety of real-time formative assessment techniques based on Making Number Talks Matter by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker (2015).

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/number-talks-for-assessments

The teacher, Crystal Morey, demonstrates a number of best practices in the video.  Some highlights to consider:

Her use of a real-time formative assessment helps her quickly identify students to target for the small group number talk.

When she uncovers an unexpected misconception, she adjusts her approach by “wiping the slate clean.”

She adjusts her questions based on student responses, keeping the small group session inquiry based in order for students to recognize and learn from their misconceptions.

She quickly reflects on the “surprises” from the first class in order to adjust her approach with subsequent class periods.

Although the lesson is math-focused, teachers of all grade levels and content areas can appreciate Ms. Morey’s use of real-time formative assessments to quickly differentiate and adjust instruction.