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Observations and Conversations: Effective Assessment Practices

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A teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Calgary uses observations to find out what her students know and can do.

Key Points

  • The teacher ask questions and observes students at work to determine what students are ready to do or learn next.
  • The teacher circulates to provide timely feedback and to differentiate for student needs.
  • Note how the students value the opportunity to have conversations with the teacher.

Discussion Question

  • Consider where timely feedback might be included in an upcoming student assessment task. What additional planning might be required?

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