Assessment Prompts / Distributed Summarizing

Assessment Prompts and Distributed Summarizing provide teachers the opportunity to formatively assess where students are in their learning. These strategies require students to communicate their knowledge orally or in writing, allow students to reflect on key ideas of the Learning Activity, and provide teachers with good feedback of students’ mastery of the skill.

Each individual strategy includes the following information:

  • What is the Strategy
  • Steps in the Process
  • Adaptation (if applicable)
  • Example(s)

Oral Response Strategies

When you know that students have had prior experiences with the content of your lesson, you can use Activating Strategies in which students recall or brainstorm information. The strategies in this section will help students connect to their background knowledge and give you a good indication of what they already know,  and allow you to target areas where they are missing background knowledge.

Short Written Response Strategies

Making predictions is a highly motivational method of engaging students. It not only “hooks” students at the outset of the lesson but also keeps them engaged throughout the lesson as they seek to confirm or revise their initial predictions. It is important to always have students justify their predictions to make sure they are thinking about the content and not just guessing.

Longer Written Response Strategies

Games are a great way to engage students at the beginning of a lesson. Starting the lesson in this way sets the stage for positive and enjoyable learning.

Non-Verbal Respresentation Strategies

Literature and the arts can be used to introduce new concepts, initiate new ideas, review prior knowledge and focus students’ attention on the lesson content.