Delve deeper into what formative assessment really means for you and your students
In 2016, Dylan William sent the following tweet: “Example of a really big mistake: calling formative assessment 'formative assessment', rather than something like 'responsive teaching'." I like this phrase, as for me formative assessment is all about responding in the moment. It is not about grades, marking, written feedback or formal assessments. It is about gathering as much accurate information about our students’ understanding as efficiently as possible, and making decisions based on that. In short, it is about adapting our teaching to meet the needs of our students.
Indeed, without formative assessment, we are left ignorant to what are students know, and whether or not what we are doing as teachers is helping - or indeed, hindering - them. In short, teaching without formative assessment is like painting with your eyes closed.