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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.

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Author Bio

Douglas Fisher is professor of language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer Award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design, as well as books, such as Creating Literacy-rich Schools for Adolescents (with Gay Ivey), Checking for Understanding (with Nancy Frey), Better Learning Through Structured Teaching (with Nancy Frey) and Content-area Conversations (with Carol Rothenberg), Text Complexity (2/e) (with Nancy Frey) and Text-Dependent Questions, Grades 6-12 and Grades K-5 (with Nancy Frey, Heather Anderson, Marisol Thayre).

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She has co-authored several books on literacy such as Teaching Visual Literacy and Checking for Understanding (with Douglas Fisher), Text Complexity (2/e) (with Doug Fisher) and Text-Dependent Questions, Grades 6-12 and Grades K-5 (with Dou Fisher, Heather Anderson, Marisol Thayre).


She was a co-recipient (with Doug Fisher) of NCTE’s 2004 Kate and Paul Farmer award for outstanding writing for their article, “Using Graphic Novels, Anime, and The Internet In an Urban High School,” published in The English Journal. She teaches a variety of courses in elementary and secondary literacy in content area instruction and supporting students with diverse learning needs.

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