Formative Instructional Practices (FIP)
The Georgia Department of Education has defined Formative Instructional Practices (FIP) as the intentional behaviors that teachers and students use to obtain information about learning so that decisions can be made about learning opportunities. Formative instructional practices are the formal and informal ways that teachers and students gather and respond to evidence of student learning.
Teachers determine what students are understanding and what they will need to learn to master a goal or outcome. Most formative assessment strategies are quick and easy to use and fit seamlessly into the instruction process. The information gathered is never marked or graded, but is used to drive instruction. Descriptive feedback should accompany a formative assessment to let students know whether they have mastered an outcome or whether they require more practice.
Teachers have many fun and engaging ways to check for understanding using digital technology. Some of my favorites include:
I love Kahoot for several reasons. When I have used Kahoot in my class, students are highly engaged. Another benefit of using Kahoot is that students and teacher know immediately whether they have gotten questions correct. But one of my favorite reasons would be as students play I can plan my teaching from the questions that students may not understand.
Teachers can create flashcards that review vocabulary, pose questions, and review content. Students are able to quiz themselves, check for understanding, and know immediately if their answer is correct or incorrect. Quizlet has a new feature called Quizlet Live that creates a game where students are randomly placed in groups. They work together to obtain the correct answer. I Love Quizlet Live!
Classroom Assessments in eCLASS C&I (Gwinnett County’s Learning Management System) is a great way to have students check for understanding. Classroom Assessments can be used to give immediate feedback to students about how and why they missed a question or how and why they got a correct answer.
Call to Action:
How have you been able to implement formative assessments into your class? What has worked for you? How can you provide effective feedback and use it to drive instruction in your classroom lessons?
Formative Instructional Practices: http://www.cgcatogo.com/uploads/1/0/6/7/10675379/formative_instructional_practices_.pdf
Georgia FIP: The Keys to Student Success: http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/GeorgiaFIP.aspx