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Dipsticks/Alternative Formative Assessments


To check for student understanding without using intimidating pop quizzes.


Students will be empowered to own their own learning with more frequent and less high-stakes forms of feedback beyond formal assessments.

Action Steps

  • Observation of students is crucial. Use focused observation forms to record student progress.
  • Provide students with rubrics and help them learn to self-score.
  • Ask students about how they fared with an assignment and what they did or did not learn.



Finley, Todd (2014, July 30). Edutopia.org. Retrieved February 2022 from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/dipsticks-to-check-for-understanding-todd-finley

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