Tes Maths: Effective formative assessment

Craig Barton

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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.

Craig Barton

Diagnostic multiple choice questions

Assess understanding quickly and accurately with diagnostic multiple choice questions. If the wrong answers are chosen carefully they enable you to identify the specific nature of the misconceptions students have, and deal with them there and then. Use with mini-whiteboards, voting cards, or just fingers (1 for A, 2 for B, etc).

Multiple Choice quizzes - GCSE maths higher
steele1989

Multiple Choice quizzes - GCSE maths higher

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Multiple choice quizzes to help recall knowledge through low stakes testing. Answers included. Powerpoint included for those who would like to edit any questions \*\*updated 04.06\*\* Two more multiple choice quizzes put on. Re uploaded 150517 edition due to wrong answer. Hope they are s...
Multiple Choice Starter Questions
pbrucemaths

Multiple Choice Starter Questions

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A multiple choice question linked to every objective (I think?!) on the GCSE syllabus. Use them to assess what pupils need teaching, what misconceptions need addressing or what students already know. \*\* a few slides have been corrected 2/10/17 **
Functional Skills Maths - Multiple Choice Quizzes
colinbillett

Functional Skills Maths - Multiple Choice Quizzes

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Functional Skills A set of multiple choice quizzes that I created for Functional Skills Mathematics, covering the mathematical topics as revision for functionality. Equally they can be used at any level for starters, fillers, or just a bit of fun. (All images are mine, I think, and mostly taken b...
30 Number Starters- Multiple Choice Quizzes
bcooper87

30 Number Starters- Multiple Choice Quizzes

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A PowerPoint with 30 multiple choice quizzes, good for AFL if you give students cards labelled a,b,c,d to wave. Ideal for KS3 and GCSE students. Includes lots of percentage work, decimals, addition, multiplication and division practise, rounding, decimals, primes, squares, HCF, LCM. Hope you fi...

Probing questions

Delve deeper into students’ understanding of a topic, method or concept with some well chosen probing questions. The students’ answers and the class discussions that follow could prove illuminating.

Assessment for learning - Think, Pair, Share
Robbo147

Assessment for learning - Think, Pair, Share

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This resource takes Think, Pair, Share further than the norm. It gives it more structure where you as a teacher can accurately see if or if not the students are doing it as they have set boxes to fill in. Students love this resource and like the idea of if they have to much information to get down t...
Vectors Probing Questions
grahamcolman

Vectors Probing Questions

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This is an activity for Yr13 pupils to check and extend their understanding of vectors. This is a a set of questions to really check understanding of several vector concepts including magnitudes of vectors, vector equations of lines, scalar product and closest distance between a point and a line. A...
Effective questioning
mrshalford

Effective questioning

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These documents were put together to assist TAs in effective questioning. The prompts are designed to focus questioning and encourage the children to take risks. The activity was used between visits to stimulate discussion. I would also use these with trainees and NQTs. The pause, pose bounce is wi...
Mastery in Mathematics Assessment Starter and Plenary Pack
TheMathsBiker

Mastery in Mathematics Assessment Starter and Plenary Pack

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A resource I have put together from the NCETM and Maths Hub Mastery in Mathematics Document. You will need to enable content to open. Everything is hyperlinked. The big '?' button will select one at random. Included are the Mastery and Mastery with greater depth resources. When you click a butt...

Resources of the Week

Celebrate the very best of what Tes has to offer with November’s hand-picked selection of Maths Resources of the Week.

Speed-Time Graphs Spiders
alutwyche

Speed-Time Graphs Spiders

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Three "spiders" containing increasingly difficult questions moving from just reading the graph through calculating distance travelled to calculating acceleration.
Ratio using Bar Modelling - Secondary
RustyMaths

Ratio using Bar Modelling - Secondary

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I created this lesson for a low attaining Year 11 group. They had never used the bar model before for solving ratio problems. Taking our time to focus on drawing a diagram to represent each problem was worth it as by the end of the lesson they had gone from not really understanding what a ratio w...
Maths Skills in Biology
Paul Foster

Maths Skills in Biology

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Lesson on Maths skills needed for the new Combined Science GCSE (9-1) with a focus on Biology content, although many of the skills are needed across all three Sciences. The lesson is intended to be a circus activity with all of the topics around the room (information sheet and exam question sheet f...