FOUNDATIONS OF FIP

The Foundations of Formative Instructional Practices modules build a common understanding of the four core components of FIP. The accompanying guide, Facilitating Formative Instructional Practices, helps teacher teams have meaningful conversations about how to turn learning into action.

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Learn about formative instructional practices—the formal and informal ways that teachers and students can gather and respond to evidence of learning.

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Learn about effective feedback—feedback that moves learning forward and fosters students’ independent thinking by guiding them in the right direction.

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Clear learning targets drive the teaching and learning process. Other formative instructional practices are only possible when teachers and students are clear about the intended learning.

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The power of formative instructional practices is truly realized when students can self-assess, peer assess, set learning goals, and track, reflect on, and share their learning with others. Learn how to prepare students to take ownership of their learning.

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Learn to make better instructional decisions by collecting and documenting accurate evidence of student learning.

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The Facilitating Formative Instructional Practices guide is designed to be used with the online learning modules to create a high-quality blended learning experience.

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In Module 1, you will:
  • Understand what formative instructional practices are.
  • Become familiar with key research findings related to the effects of formative instructional practices on student achievement.

Approximate time to complete: 1.5-2 hours

In Module 2, you will learn:
  • About the benefits of clear learning targets to teachers, students, and parents.
  • How to understand complex standards by deconstructing them.
  • How to create student-friendly learning targets.
  • How to share learning targets with students.

Approximate time to complete: 1.5-2 hours

In Module 3, you will learn to:
  • Understand the importance of assessment accuracy for effective use.
  • Match assessment methods with learning targets.
  • Track assessment information by learning target for purposeful use.
  • Plan for formative and summative assessment events.

Approximate time to complete: 1.5-2 hours

In Module 4, you will learn:
  • To use methods of assessment formatively in order to analyze evidence of learning.
  • What makes feedback effective.
  • How to provide effective feedback.

Approximate time to complete: 1.5-2 hours

In Module 5, you will learn to prepare students to take ownership of their learning, including how to:
  • Give each other effective feedback.
  • Accurately assess their work and the work of classmates relative to learning targets.
  • Create specific and challenging learning goals.
  • Track, reflect on, and share their learning with others.

Approximate time to complete: 1.5-2 hours

There is a guide to correspond with each of the five modules. Each guide includes three sections:
  • Section I: Activities to ensure teachers have met the learning targets of the module.
  • Section II: Activities to facilitate reflection and discussion about current practice.
  • Section III: Activities to help teachers set individual and team goals, and take action based on their learning.

Resources include:
  • Team agendas
  • Participant activities and handouts
  • Detailed answer sheets and coaching tips for facilitators

Facilitated learning time for each module ranges from 1.5–3 hours.