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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and inspiring from the Master of formative assessment, 4 May 2012
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G W PETTY (Hay on Wye UK) - See all my reviews
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This book does what it says on the cover, showing teachers how to make formative assessment a natural part of the teaching process, by embedding it into the way they teach. It is full of very practical strategies, much more so than any other publication by Black or Wiliam or both.

The first chapter is a gem that makes the case that the best way of improving our education system is to improve the teaching of the current teachers in that system: the "love the one you're with" strategy. The rest of the book looks at practical ways to do the following
* Clarifying, sharing, and understanding learning intentions and success criteria.
* Eliciting evidence of learners' achievement
* Providing feedback that moves learning forward
* Activating students as instructional resources for one another
* Activating students as owners of their own learning.

This book is written by the world's expert on formative assessment, yet it is so practical, and when I've told teachers about the methods they are inspired and ready to try them. I write books myself on teaching methods and I'm not easily impressed, but you have to have this book. It will make a great difference to your students and to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas, and much more besides, 9 Nov 2013
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G. Y. Ritchie (Chiang Mai, Thailand) - See all my reviews
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This book was rather different than I expected. From the title I thought it would be another of those books giving tips, tricks and activities for your teaching toolkit. Those books have their place, but this one is much broader and more authoritative. Wiliam starts by taking a very broad view, evaluating the importance of a strong education system for countries. Having established this he looks at how education can be improved, at all times supporting his conclusions with research data. Along the way he casts doubt on the value of costly curriculum revision exercises and educational technology such as interactive whiteboards and dismisses educational fads such as so-called brain-based learning. If these don't help boost achievement much (or at all), then what does? He presents powerful evidence that the key to improving achievement is the quality of teaching. Through all of this he is homing in on what he believes is at the center of effective teaching - formative assessment. The latter part of the book details in both broad strokes and fine detail what this might look like. He explores sharing learning intentions, learning tasks that elicit evidence of learning, feedback (including the difficulties of providing feedback), collaborative learning, and learners as owners of their learning. These sections are where you will find the great ideas. My copy of this book has been extensively highlighted. I'll just give one quote to provide a flavor: "The secret of effective feedback is that saying what is wrong isn't enough; to be effective, feedback must provide a recipe for future action." For teachers, this book certainly provides the basis for action in implementing formative assessment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying, 1 Sep 2012
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There's a lot of opinionated rubbish out there so it was refreshing to read this. This book contains a mix of theory and practical ideas, perfect for teachers who want to improve their practice. I used a lot of it for INSET too. Wiliam's style is a readable one. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in AFL.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embedded formative assessment, 16 May 2012
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This book, in my opinion is a must in every classroom. It includes insights into new techniques for AfL and allows the teacher to chose what is best for them and their students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful practical strategies, 13 July 2014
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Very useful book to assist with considering how to use formative assessment in school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book if you want to make a noticeable difference to your teaching, 12 May 2014
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whilst there are many book that cover the theory or practice of teaching, William manages to successfully combine both in the one book. He explains why formative assessment should be used in the classroom, how it will benefit your pupils and proceeds to show how to implement it with a variety of strategies to choose from so you can select what is most suitable for your setting. Inspiring stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No nonsense., 5 Mar 2014
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Quite simply, this book contains lots of good sense and some practical ideas. Liked it a lot. Well written and accessible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 16 Jan 2014
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amazing book. Very well researched and a must for any teachers. Dylan Williams is assessment god!! well worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one book about T&L this year, 26 Dec 2013
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If you only buy one book about T&L this year then this should be the one. Dylan Wiliam is a joy to listen to and a pleasure to read. This is a book full of practical advice about AfL. You will read this book from cover to cover and want to share its contents with you colleagues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a helpful gift for trainee teachers or those in their NQT year, 17 Dec 2013
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Helpful for those at the start of their career. A good refresh for those more advanced along their career path.
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