Personalized learning requires continual, embedded assessment. It helps support students in growth and ownership while engaging students in reaching their learning goals. Think of embedded assessment as using the work that students are doing as the actual evidence of learning. A simple way to get started is to modify the learning tasks you are already using so that you and your students end up with some evidence of learning.
The Muddiest Point is a simple exit ticket strategy that can be used in any content area and any grade level.
Simply have students say or write the answer to “Whats’ the Muddiest Point (or most challenging point) for you in (something they were learning/doing that day)?”
Tip: Try using a Google Form and everyone's responses will be in one place- easy to review and access!
Add a twist!
Use student reflection question to get more informative data. For example,
- How have you tried to clear up your muddiest point?
- What resources are available that might help you to clear your muddiest point?
- What question might you ask to help you clear up your muddiest point?
Up your game!
When students come in the next day- put them in groups according to their muddiest points. Provide them with resources to support their gaps and have them work together to clear their muddiest point. This gives them ownership of their learning and an opportunity to build skills. You role is to be a coach--listen, ask questions and support their thinking.