Examples of formative assessment within Maths — No Problem!
Formative assessment can be both formal or informal and may take a range of forms. Here are some examples of what it can look like in the Maths — No Problem! Programme.
Using effective questioning
Asking key questions throughout the lesson helps you check for understanding, identify progress and diagnose the root cause of an incorrect answer.
Making classroom observations
There are a number of opportunities in a Maths — No Problem! lesson to check for understanding that can either be addressed instantly or as a whole class. For example, the anchor task, activity time or journaling.
Introducing plenary questions or activities
Plenary questions or activities check whether learners are ready to move on at the end of the lesson. With Maths — No Problem! learners complete independent work that progressively requires a deeper level of understanding. This carefully structured work allows you to easily gauge how well a child understands the lesson’s objective by how much of the independent work they are able to complete.
Implementing quick check routines
Some teachers choose to implement a quick check routine where children use a signal, such as a thumbs up to show a learner’s level of confidence and help teachers with the pitch of the lesson. This quick scan can determine next steps, like whether the majority of the class can go away and complete independent work while those few still unsure can continue in a guided setting with the teacher or their peers.