Formative assessments are on-going examinations and reviews in a classroom. Examples include oral questioning, ticket to leave, turn to your partner, one word summary, one minute essays, analogy prompt, concept maps, misconception check, student conferences, 3 minute pause, observation, self assessment, exit card and port folio check. Instructors use formative assessment to advance instructional techniques. They also bring into play the students’ feedback all through the learning and teaching process (Bell, 2000).
Constructive quizzes are one of the easiest methods of collecting and analyzing the students’ learning. They get used to investigate the students’ factual knowledge and concepts. They also help bring out the individual skills of each student. Administering constructive quizzes can be done alongside their regular work (McMillan, 2010).
Quizzes can be made richer by including questions that would require students to explain their thinking. One way involves setting up quizzes that would require the student to apply their thinking in solving a new situation. One example is that of a new situation. This is a situation which no learner is familiar with in the class. This brings out to the educator the students thinking process. This discourages memorizing (Bell, 2000).
The most crucial thing to do as an educator is to retain the best thought processes. This can help the educator improve on his part and become an effective teacher. For instance, if some learner does not get a concept, the teacher can give a review activity quiz or use a dissimilar instructional technique (McMillan, 2007). Also, students can check their progress using periodic quizzes and discussions. The output of formative assessments can be used to alter and validate instruction. This would call for suppleness of thoughts in the learners.
More research needs to be done on improvement of the constructive quizzes technique. There are gaps ...Show more