Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Stickies: The Magic Tool of Formative Assessment


Ok... so the real name is not stickie…

The copyrighted 3M brand is Post-it Notes. 

Here is a picture of what I am talking about…



They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors…




I am sure that when they were created that no one envisioned the many uses that teachers would develop for them.

They are incredible devices for checking for understanding…

You know..
For finding out whether the kids get the content or not…

It so important to do this…because after all if you just ask…

“Are there any questions?”
Or
“Does everyone understand?”

The typical answers are going to be no and yes…in that order…

Kids want you to move on…many don’t want you to call on them..so they follow the path of least resistance…agree or disagree with whatever gets the teacher to move on the quickest without discovering a lack of knowledge and ability to demonstrate understanding…

With the stickie…you can avoid all of that…



Have them write what they know, what they need help with, what they get…

Have them post the stickie with a question that they still have…

Have them answer a question and then place it on a board so that you can check later…



There are so many uses…

Below are some great, useful links for finding ways to use stickies to get feedback...

This first link is maintained by 3M…and is just an incredible resource of so many different ways to use stickies in the classroom…all posted and created by teachers


Check out these other different links for more information…




By the way, I constantly look for more ways to use stickies…

You can always follow my board on Pinterest  called Assessment Strategies at this link…



Be careful…you may just have fun trying to create a new way of using the Amazing , Magical Stickie!!!!