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  • Perfect Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Solution Tree Press; US ed edition (1 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193400930X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934009307
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Dylan Wiliam, PhD, is a consultant who works with educators in the United Kingdom and North America to develop effective, research-based formative assessment practices. He is former deputy director of the Institute of Education at the University of London. From teaching in urban public schools to directing a large-scale testing program to serving in university administration, his professional path has led to a variety of positions at the forefront of education. Dr. Wiliam is also senior research director of the Learning and Teaching Research Center at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. During his early years of teaching in private and inner-city classrooms, Dr. Wiliam focused on physics and mathematics. He later joined the faculty of Chelsea College, University of London, which later became part of King's College London. Here, he worked on developing innovative assessment schemes in mathematics before accepting leadership of the King's College Mathematics Education Program. For three years, Dr. Wiliam served as the academic coordinator of the Consortium for Assessment and Testing in Schools, which developed a variety of assessments for the national curriculum of England and Wales. He then returned to King's College to serve as Dean of the School of Education before being promoted as assistant principal of the university. He co-authored a major review of research evidence on formative assessment with Paul Black and has worked with many teachers in the United Kingdom and United States on developing formative assessment practices to support learning. In addition to a doctor of education, Dr. Wiliam holds numerous degrees in mathematics and mathematics education.


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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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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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I read this book and everything makes absolute sense. It is correct students look at their grade, not their feedback for improvement. I read this and also watched Dylan Wiliam's/ BBC Classroom experiment ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J25d9aC1GZA ) , for teachers/lecturers looking to improve you could do a lot worse.
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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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This is a must-have book for any educator. Even though it's based in Wiliam's previous schoolar papers, it's friendly reading and full of examples and strategies ready to use in class.

One of the best in formative assessment.
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Brilliant. A lot of good content in this book. Great ideas backed up by research. Easy to read, not one of those heavy academic books only to be read by academics who know it anyway. This author makes the topic accessible. I loved it.
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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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Dylan is the king of AFL and this book does not disappoint. It underpins the pedagogy with excellent research and ideas. This is followed by many practical ways to implement formative assessment. One of the must reads that should be a compulsory text for teachers.
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