The Myth of Formative Assessment

4th of July weekend is here. You just had a new pool installed in the spring and you’ve invited all of your friends and family over to enjoy! Music. Games. Tons of food. Kids are having all kinds of fun off the diving board. Great stuff, but Jimmy couldn’t make it! Dummy was riding his motorcycle too quickly on slick ground and skidded out. Road rash. Fractured leg. He’ll be in the hospital during the party. Jimmy hates not being there. You hate that he’s not there. Every so often throughout the party, Jimmy calls. Asks how everything is going. What's everyone doing? He sends texts to everyone asking the same. He just wants to be a small part of the celebration. Wants to hear s