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Formative assessment 101: guide and templates

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Emma Cullen2019-09-09
A formative assessment is a great way to monitor student learning and provide feedback that can be used by educators to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning.

Formative assessments can help students and educators identify their strengths and weaknesses. Formative assessments can be conducted quickly and easily with little preparation. Examples of formative assessments include asking students to communicate their understanding of a topic or explain what the the lesson was about. In fact, there are hundreds, if not thousands of different types of formative assessment. This means that no matter what subject or who you are teaching, you can create a formative assessment that will fit any situation.

A formative assessment is different from a summative assessment which is also commonly used by educators. The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of learning module or semester and it is marked against a benchmark of standard; such as grades. Summative assessments, in general, take more preparation and organization from both the educator and student. Therefore, these will be conducted less frequently and will assess a student’s learning in a deeper way. Examples of summative assessments include midterm exams or final projects.

Both types of assessment are useful in different ways. However, you can easily conduct formative assessments with Mentimeter. This guide will show you how.

How to conduct a formative assessment with Mentimeter

The great thing about formative assessments is that they are quick and easy to conduct. Set aside 15 minutes at the end of your lesson or between sessions to hold the assessment. You need to make sure that your students have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone and can connect to the internet.

Next, you should present the assessment question on a screen so that everyone can see. Read the question out loud and instruct your students to go to and type in the code on the screen. Your students should now vote on the assessment. In order to get the most honest answers, remind your students that the voting is anonymous. Once the voting has taken place, you can share the results and make your own conclusions or conduct a discussion with your class from the data collected. Repeat this process as frequently as needed.

5 formative assessment example templates

With Mentimeter you can create whichever type of formative assessment you like! We have created 5 Mentimeter formative assessment example templates to get you started!

  1. What did we do in today's lesson?

  2. Write down one thing you learned today

  3. Did you understand the lesson?

  4. Do you agree with the following statements?

  5. Write down one thing you liked about the lesson

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