When It's Not About a Grade
- Robin J. Fogarty - Robin Fogarty & Associates, Ltd.
- Gene M. Kerns - Renaissance Learning
In A Nutshell Series
Classroom/Student Assessment | Tests & Measurement
Use assessment as a powerful tool to inform instruction and learning!
With practical, informed assessment techniques, you can increase your instructional effectiveness and demonstrate improvements in student learning. This research-based book, part of the In A Nutshell series, provides a succinct yet substantive discussion about formative assessments and how they impact the teaching/learning cycle. The authors present results-oriented methods, offer invaluable tips, and examine three types of inFormative assessments:
- Routine inFormative Assessments to weave into everyday instruction
- Reflective inFormative Assessments to foster self-assessment for students and teachers
- Rigorous inFormative Assessments to provide continuous tools that inform teaching practices and student learning
"Fogarty and Kerns provide far more than theory and rhetoric—they have effectively created a treasure trove of tools and ideas that every teacher can and should be using. This is a wonderful resource for mentors, instructional coaches, administrators, and professional development trainers."
"Provides new and veteran educators with clear descriptions of assessment methods and offers a rich array of instructional strategies that can be implemented immediately."
"Promotes the kind of reflective practice that energizes teaching, leading, and learning for all. This book is an important resource for professional learning communities dedicated to 1) assessment of students and their achievement, 2) collaborative teams focused on improved teaching and learning, and 3) continuous improvement."
I find this book to be very approachable for my early education students. We have used it in our assessment course this semester and I plan to continue to use it -- although I do want to supplement with another text/trade book.