Assessment Strategies

How do we know that our students understand the concepts or can practice the skills we are teaching?  We need strategies to assess all of our students and avoid determining that all the students understand if a few do.

Below are some assessment strategies.  Email Abby Reiken if you have additional effective assessment techniques to share.

  • alphabet game--after learning about Purim, have students go around the room and share something about what they learned in the same fashion…Achashverosh was the king, a Beauty contest was held to find a new queen, etc.  Adapt for any subject.

  • draw--a Venn diagram to compare/contrast (ex. Torah and a tree), a scene from a story, how to practice a Jewish value

  • exit cards--give the students a notecard to fill out at the end of class: 1. What did you learn? 2. Why is this important to you? 3. Questions you have about this topic. You can also write specific questions to check for understanding of the lesson.  Click here for more ideas for exit cards.  

  • finger puppets--give each child a set of finger puppets of characters from a Torah story of holiday you are studying. Students can decorate the finger puppets.  The teacher or a student describes a character, and the class holds up the character being described.  Images of the characters can be found online or ask Abby for help.  Click here for Purim finger puppets.  See "Who Am I" below for an example of character questions.

  • journaling--students reflect on their learning in journals, which you can check for understanding

  • postcards--students draw a postcard picture and description of the place you studied, including a biblical place or a location in Israel...

  • So I said...statements for students--click here for Purim examples. Can use wipe-off boards or journals for students to respond at the same time.

  • think, pair, share

  • thumbs up, thumbs down response--ask a question to the class and have students hold their thumb up or down for yes or no responses

  • Who Am I questions--students can respond at the same time using finger puppets, notecards, wipe off boards...

  • wipe off boards--students can all write down their answer at the same time and hold up the boards, or the teacher walks around the room to check answers.  

If most of the class doesn't meet your objectives, then reteach the concepts/skills in a new way.

If a few of your students don't meet your objectives, use small group activity time to meet with a few students to reteach the concept/skill until they demonstrate understanding.  You can also provide individualized homework assignments for students to practice the concept/skill, and ask parents to support their efforts at home.

Sources for some of these strategies:
Susie Tessel, The Jewish Education Project

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