Archive: Formative Assessment in Science- Using Students' Ideas to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning, May 2, 2011

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This Web Seminar took place on May 2, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Page Keeley, Senior Program Director at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) and NSTA Author. Ms. Keeley talked about the need and use of formative assessment as a powerful tool in helping develop student understanding. For more information about this web seminar, its presenter(s), read what participants said about it, and to see and download its PowerPoint slides go here.

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Reviews (3)
  • on Wed May 11, 2011 6:49 PM

Give Ms. Keeley another "A+". I loved this seminar! Not only did it reafirm the way that I was using her famous "probe books", but it showed me several more ways that I could use them for assessments. She added insight as to what the formative assessment should be used for and what to do once you gave them to the students. Several more ways to use them that I had not tried before were talked about. The importance of using formative assessments in teaching was clearly discussed. I feel that if a teacher (any teacher) has never had the opportunity to use formative assessments in their teaching, this seminar should be one of the first things they should watch.

Sue Garcia
Sue Garcia

  • on Sun May 08, 2011 5:53 PM

This was an excellent webseminar that presented the "how to" on using formative assessments. This webseminar is an excellent opportunity to refresh your formative assessment skills, learn new ones, or gain knowledge or information on how to use them. Page Keeley is amazing and an excellent presenter. I will be looking for more like this one!

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

  • on Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:16 AM

I liked this webinar because it explained how probes and formative assessments are used to uncover what students are thinking. I also learned that formative assessments should not be graded and that they should be used to guide classroom instruction. The list of resources is also nice.

Myetta A  (Homewood, IL)
Myetta A (Homewood, IL)


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