Checking for Understanding (2/e)

  • Title:Checking For Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques For Your Classroom (2/e)
  • Author:Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey
  • Publication Date:December 2014
  • ISBN:9781416619222
  • Publisher:ASCD

Since 2007, this ASCD best-selling book has helped thousands of teachers understand why typical methods to check for understanding are usually ineffective and how to use techniques that work better. Now, this revised and updated edition goes further with new tips and tools to support your implementation of formative assessment techniques that work in any subject area and grade level, for individual students or across multiple classrooms. The authors' rich array of practical and proven methods include:

  • Speaking and listening strategies that close the gap between what students need to know and what they already know.
  • Writing activities that check for understanding in any subject.
  • Student response techniques that increase participation and engagement.
  • Test items that help plan further instruction.

Extensive classroom examples show you how to use these formative assessments to correct misconceptions, improve learning, and model good study skills for individual students or across multiple classrooms.


Author Bio

Douglas Fisher is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and was honored as an exemplary leader by the Conference on English Leadership. He has published numerous articles on improving student achievement.

Nancy Frey is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University. Frey also teaches classes at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Early Career Award from the Literacy Research Association. She has published many articles and books on literacy and instruction.

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