Developing Multiple and Varied Checks for Understanding

Focus Area: Formative Assessment and Differentiation


Phase: Targeted Support

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Often, in classrooms, students will sit silent when asked if they understand or may not even be aware of what they do or do not understand. Strategic, well-designed checks for understanding based on clear, student-facing learning targets can provide an opportunity for teachers to get insight into their students comprehension of content and make adjustments to their instruction.

This workshop is part of a series. Explore the other workshop sessions below:


This workshop is designed for teachers and coaches who want to build understanding around how to check for student understanding in a variety of ways to inform their instruction. This session would be a good fit for any educator, whether they are just beginning to transition to more formative assessment in their classroom, or they are more experienced and want to build ideas around varied types of assessments.


I incorporate student-centered formative assessments into my instruction.

Learning Experience

Session A: Developing Multiple and Varied Checks for Understanding


  • Define how formative assessment plays a critical role in student-centered learning
  • Build understanding around the different ways to gather student data by using checks for understanding


  • Explore a variety of strategies for gathering student learning data and gauging student understanding
  • Identify ways student data can drive instruction by exploring teacher scenarios


  • Build a plan for an upcoming check for understanding in their own context
  • Get feedback from a peer on their plan