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Using Assessments with Differentiated Instruction - Chapter Summary
A great way to gauge the success of differentiated instruction is through the use of assessments. Learn more about these assessments by exploring this chapter's entertaining video and text lessons. Review them in any sequence that suits your study needs, and access them from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Take lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to test your knowledge of concepts covered. After reviewing this chapter, you will be prepared to:
- List and describe various forms of assessment
- Define formative assessment, and explain how it can be implemented in the classroom
- Describe the original and revised Bloom's Taxonomy and how it is used in the classroom
- Differentiate between product and process performance assessments
- Identify strategies for utilizing informal observations in assessment
- Share assessment strategies for differentiated instruction
1. Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments
Educators often need to assess students' learning and achievement. There are multiple forms of assessments that educators use to not only gain knowledge about a student's level of understanding but also to guide the direction of future lessons and course curriculum. This lesson will differentiate between formal and informal assessments and paper-pencil versus performance-based assessments used in educational settings.
2. What is Formative Assessment? - Strategies & Examples
Formative assessment can help teachers plan the most effective instruction. In this lesson, you'll learn what formative assessments are, why they are important, and multiple strategies that you can implement in the classroom.
3. Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments
Bloom's Taxonomy is a popular and extremely helpful tool that is used by most teachers. In this lesson, we'll discuss the original and revised Bloom's Taxonomy as well as how to use it in the classroom to assess learning and cognitive ability.
4. Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process
Playing a musical instrument, creating a spreadsheet and performing in a play are all activities that many of us engage in on a regular basis. These activities are also examples of ways teachers assess a student's mastery of a subject in educational settings. This lesson will define performance-based assessments and discuss the various uses of performance assessments in the classroom.
5. Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment
Informal observational assessments require watching, listening, and documenting student performance-based tasks. Strategies for this type of assessment range from intentional activities to incidental chance observations.
6. Assessment Strategies for Differentiated Instruction
In this lesson, you'll learn the steps it takes to create a lesson that meets all students' needs. You'll also learn how to differentiate your instruction and assessment to meet a variety of learning styles.
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Other chapters within the Education 104: Differentiated Instruction course
- Basics of Differentiated Instruction
- Creating Differentiated Instruction Plans
- Student Profiles & Differentiated Instruction
- Adapting to Learner Needs
- Differentiating Instruction in the Classroom
- Techniques for Differentiating Instruction
- Student Motivation & Differentiated Instruction
- Using Technology as an Instructional Tool
- Studying for Education 104