Formative assessments can be done verbally, in writing, with hand signals, or with some easy tech tools. This post provides you with five fast (and mostly free) technology tools that can used with many different devices. The post provides details on how to use Google Docs to assess students understanding!
As a former science teacher, this book changed my instruction completely. This book is not about the what you are assessing, but is about the how you assess. It includes very fun ways to deliver a formative assessment, like the "Commit and Toss" which has students throwing their paper answers around the classroom. All of the instructional strategies take only 5-10 minutes.
This blog post has ten different formative assessment techniques that can be done SO quick. They require no technology or anything that costs money and can be applied to any content area and done with almost any grade level.
Homework actually IS a formative assessment-not just busy work! This article provides different data sources (like homework and check for understandings) that are formative assessments that provide information that can be used to improve learning. The assessments listed in the article are not anything new to try-classwork, morning work, exit tickets, but it explains how to actually use the data from them.
The six minute video shares examples and the idea on the use of common formative assessments to improve student performance. The video shows a team of teachers working together around a SMART goal. The Teaching Channel videos are always relevant because they show real schools and showcase students and teachers working towards common goals.