I just finished reading Embedded Formative Assessment by Dylan Wiliam. Loved it. It will change the way you think about teaching.
So, this week, I'm going to write about my current favorite "work" book.
Mr. Wiliam starts the book by explaining why student success is so important and how to improve it. There are some things in that first chapter that never occurred to me. Did you know that it is within our power as teachers to eliminate the national debt? No, not with our paychecks (obviously). He raises some good ideas about how to improve students performance too.
In the second chapter he discusses what formative assessment is. Interesting stuff there.
Then he gets into the good stuff, the next 5 chapters give what he believes are the five key strategies of classroom formative assessment. It is in these pages where you will find all kinds of classroom goodies. I have so many pages dog-eared that it's ridiculous. There are ideas in there that you can use next period. Seriously, go get the book. You won't be sorry.