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The Formative 5 in Action, Grades K-12

The Formative 5 in Action, Grades K-12
Updated and Expanded From The Formative 5: Everyday Assessment Techniques for Every Math Classroom

A co-publication with NCTM

September 2023 | 216 pages | Corwin

Leverage formative assessment in mathematics every single day

For fans of the bestselling book The Formative 5: Everyday Assessment Techniques for Every Math Classroom comes this updated and expanded edition for understanding and implementing highly effective, research-backed formative assessment techniques into seamless, daily practice with students in grades K-12. The Formative 5 in Action serves as an interactive guide that steers teachers toward successful implementation of the formative five techniques of observation, interviews, Show Me, hinge questions, and exit tasks. This updated guidebook offers:

  • More than 120 minutes of video examples of the five techniques in action in real K-12 classrooms, showing teachers not just what to do but how to do it
  • An engaging format with built-in reflection exercises and activities that foster individual professional learning and promote PLC study through discussion and collaboration
  • An explicit emphasis on providing effective and timely feedback to students while harnessing student strengths throughout teaching and learning
  • Comprehensive responses to teachers’ frequently asked questions that have surfaced since the publication of the first book

The research is clear – the authors’ five formative assessment techniques lead to greater attention to planning, stronger instruction for teachers, and better achievement for students. The Formative 5 in Action is a truly engaging resource that helps mathematics teachers and instructional leaders engage in classroom-based formative assessment with precision, intentionality, and ease.

Part I - Getting Started
Why Formative Assessment? Issues and Opportunities
Part II - The Formative 5 in Action
Module 1 - Observation
Module 2 - Interviews
Module 3 - Show Me
Module 4 - Hinge Questions
Module 5 - Exit Tasks

The Formative 5 in Action is a resource that all math educators must engage with. The concrete activities, videos, and planning tools provide clear guidance on how to use the five formative techniques, gracefully paired with feedback focused on the student’s mathematical understanding. The reflective practice opportunities embedded throughout the book allow teachers to revisit their own practices and identify specific areas of growth with The Formative 5.

Ruby Norland
Doral Academy of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

This book includes concrete examples to center assessment for learning as integral to planning and teaching. The authors leverage the importance of feedback and observations to move student learning to greater depths of complexity. The reflections about assessment beliefs and habits provide a tool for centering discussions. What a wonderful tool for learning for teachers, coaches, and administrators!

Denise M. Walston
Council of the Great City Schools
Washington, DC

Fennell, Kobett, and Wray took their seminal work and made it more practical for the classroom teacher. As a current classroom teacher myself, I find the examples of student work, discussion around how to understand a child’s thinking, and tips for planning next steps immeasurably beneficial as my colleagues and I engage in this work!

Zak Champagne
The Discovery School
Jacksonville, FL

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ISBN: 9781071910559