Formative Assessment Probes: With a Purposeby: Page Keeley

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This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. In this month’s issue the author uses the stages of the SAIL Cycle to reflect upon and share some of the ways the probes published in Science and Children (2010-2011) can be used to integrate assessment, instruction, and learning.

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  • on Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:56 AM

S.A.I.L. is an acronym for Science Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Cycle. The goal of any resource is to make it meaningful. Page Keeley, the author, reflects on the ways a formative assessment probe can be used to integrate learning, instruction and assessment. In this article the reader will find descriptions for six ways to use the probes and also a chart outlining SAIL. I believe this article should be a must read prior to using any formative assessment probes.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:27 PM

Formative assessments are a powerful method to target instruction and trigger inquiry-based activities. In this article, Keeley explains the use of formatives throughout the learning cycle. Keeley provides an in depth look at selecting the right formative for each stage of instruction and gives examples based off of formative assessments from previous articles. This article helped me to extend my application of formatives and see new possibilities for my classroom.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

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