By Stacey Ryan
After 17 years in the classroom, I’ve discovered what works and what doesn’t. I’ve been able to adapt my approach to teaching so that I can assess student understanding in the moment.
When getting students ready for the real world, we have to teach them the importance of collaboration and problem-solving, especially when working in small groups. My classroom model includes a lot of group work where students complete tasks in groups of four to six, or sometimes with just one partner. For some educators, this approach can make it challenging to gauge student understanding through formative assessments.
In order to be successful, every teacher needs to have a few tools that can assist them in their journey. Here are a few of the tech tools that keep my classroom inspired every day
By Stacey Ryan
Part of preparing students for the real world is teaching them to collaborate and problem-solve while working with others in small groups. My classroom model includes a lot of group work where students complete tasks with a partner or in groups of four to six. It can sometimes be challenging for educators to gauge students’ understanding through formative assessments while in this small-group setting. After 17 years in the classroom, I’ve found a few tricks of the trade that allow me to assess students’ understanding in the moment and adjust my lessons on the fly. Here are my tech essentials for formatively assessing students while in small groups.