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Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom, 2nd Edition

Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom, 2nd Edition

Author(s): Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey
ISBN13: 9781416619222
ISBN10: 1416619224
Format: Paperback
Pages: 150
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Year Publish: 2014 December

Since 2007, this ASCD best-selling book has helped thousands of teachers understand why typical methods to check for understanding are usually ineffective and how to use techniques that work better. Now, this revised and updated edition goes further with new tips and tools to support your implementation of formative assessment techniques that work in any subject area and grade level, for individual students or across multiple classrooms. The authors' rich array of practical and proven methods include

  • Speaking and listening strategies that close the gap between what students need to know and what they already know.
  • Writing activities that check for understanding in any subject.
  • Student response techniques that increase participation and engagement.
  • Test items that help plan further instruction.

 

About The Authors:

Douglas Fisher, PhD, is a professor of language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University (SDSU), the codirector for the Center for the Advancement of Reading at the California State University Chancellor's Office, and a past director of professional development for the City Heights Educational Collaborative. He is the recipient of the International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award as well as the Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, including Creating Literacy-Rich Schools for Adolescents (with Gay Ivey), Improving Adolescent Literacy: Strategies at Work (with Nancy Frey), and Teaching English Language Learners: A Differentiated Approach (with Carol Rothenberg). Doug has taught a variety of courses in SDSU's teacher-credentialing program as well as graduate-level courses on English language development and literacy. A former early intervention specialist and language development specialist, he has also taught high school English, writing, and literacy development to public school students. He can be reached at dfisher@mail.sdsu.edu.

Nancy Frey, PhD, is an associate professor of literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. Before joining the university faculty, Nancy was a teacher in the Broward County (Florida) Public Schools, where she taught both general and special education students at the elementary and middle school levels. She later worked for the Florida Department of Education on a statewide project for supporting students with diverse learning needs in general education curriculum. She is also a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. Her research interests include reading and literacy, assessment, intervention, and curriculum design. She has coauthored several books on literacy, including Language Arts Workshop: Purposeful Reading and Writing Instruction and Reading for Information in Elementary School (both with Doug Fisher). She teaches a variety of courses in SDSU's teacher-credentialing program on elementary and secondary literacy in content-area instruction and supporting students with diverse learning needs. She can be reached at nfrey@mail.sdsu.edu.

Extensive classroom examples show you how to use these formative assessments to correct misconceptions, improve learning, and model good study skills for individual students or across multiple classrooms.