Formative Assessments

Published on March 6, 2018 by helm

The leading researcher on formative assessments, Paul Black, wrote: “When the cook tastes the soup, that’s formative assessment; when the customer tastes the soup, that’s summative assessment.”  Paul Black’s work around the “black box” theory has helped shape the educational world. Black argued, that if teachers didn’t regularly stop to check what students know or don’t know, they might just go on and on having no idea if his students every learned a single thing.


Responsive Teaching

Properly understanding how to use of digital formative assessments can immediately and completely change instruction and learning in every classroom.  Once teachers learn how to use digital tools as diagnostic assessments, they can quickly measure their instructional effectiveness.


Using our PONDRR Mindset, teachers can use 1:1 technology to its fullest advantage so that it is like they have a teacher assistant in every classroom.


THiNKtech Tools: Sort iT – Check iT – Think iT

Students learn best when they associate and classify topics with groups.  Learn how to build your own decks of cards for each unit so students can practice making connections.  Get instant feedback using THiNKtech tools, teachers can partner apps so students can donate responses to the class for reflection and revision.


Learn While You Play – Formative Assessment Games

Learn how to create collaborative and individual environments that engage students in fun and/or competitive modes.  Many web based tools can be used to introduce, practice and review units of study as a group or at home.


Contact THiNKtech to schedule your own Formative Assessment professional development session.