Mentor’s guide: Analyzing student work together
What is this practice?
Analyzing student work together involves you and your teacher candidate systematically looking at artifacts from students to unpack patterns in students’ understandings or experiences, and determine how to respond instructionally. There are many kinds of work youmight examine together, including but not limited to written explanations or problem sets, responses to test questions, exit slips where students comment on their learning or participation, and others.
Why is it important?
By regularly engaging in this kind of formative assessment— examining and acting on insights from student artifacts— instruction becomes more meaningful and tailored to the understandings and experiences of your specific students. Further, engaging in formative assessment with TCs can help them develop their own professional vision of what to look for in student work and varied possibilities for responding instructionally.
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