Confering with students while they are working to stay constantly apprised of what they are thinking, what they understand, and where you need to re-direct.

by Peter Haun

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

In this series of videos, I invite participants to examine the effectiveness of a kind of formative assessment called daily conferring. This “check-in” enables me to monitor student understanding of a task and helps inform my lesson planning.

Part One: Introduction

In part one of the workshop, we talk about the variety of ways we use formative assessment, the many forms it takes, and how we use what we learn.

Daily Conferring

In part two of the workshop, I describe how I “work the room” to check in with students. This takes the form of one-on-one conversations with students to determine if they understand the assignment or need re-direction or clarification.

Part Three: Assignment Quick Sort

In part three of the workshop, I ask participants to do a “quick sort” – a way to quickly analyze the work that our students have produced against a rubric, so that I can subsequently adjust the objectives of the lesson or intervene with individual students.