Determine what students know, identify possible gaps in understanding, and modify instruction where needed.
Formative instructional practices (FIP) are the formal and informal ways that teachers and students gather and respond to evidence of student learning. With these practices, teachers use tools, strategies, and resources to determine what students know, identify possible gaps in understanding, modify instruction, and actively engage students in their learning.
We offer a blended learning experience that you can personalize with modules, resources, and supplemental materials, to discover the power of formative instruction to increase student achievement.
Take the online module
Reflect using the facilitation guide, either independently, or in teacher teams
Implement the lessons learned in the classroom
Get feedback from peers
- Personalizes learning for students
- Supports teacher development by making instruction the priority
- Equips teachers with a consistent approach to implementing new learning standards
- Establishes a system for preparing new teachers to succeed
- Closes the achievement gap by focusing on practices proven to result in student growth
- Provides an overarching approach to change, especially supportive of struggling schools
- Develops principals into instructional leaders
There are four core components to formative instructional practices.
LEARNING TARGETS ARE CLEAR
Clear learning targets drive the teaching and learning process. Everyone is focused on what students need to learn. Students can answer the question, “Where am I going?”
EVIDENCE OF LEARNING IS COLLECTED AND DOCUMENTED
Teachers and students work together to collect and document evidence of learning. Teachers use evidence to guide student learning. Students use evidence to answer the question, “Where am I now?”
FEEDBACK IS EFFECTIVE
Effective feedback moves learning forward and fosters students’ independent thinking by guiding them in the right direction. Students can answer the question, “Am I on the right path?”
STUDENTS TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR LEARNING
Students are able to accurately self-assess, give each other effective feedback, and set learning goals. They track, reflect on, and share their learning with others. Students can answer the question, “What do I need to do to be successful?”
FIP YOUR SCHOOL®
Are you ready to change the instructional culture at your school, but don't know where to start?
We provide consulting to help schools embed formative instruction into daily practice. FIP Your School® is about adopting an intentional approach to change, building capacity to use formative instructional practices, and establishing a culture with an unwavering focus on the practices that benefit all students. The result is a school culture where learning is the priority and teachers, principals, parents, and students all share the responsibility for ensuring students are prepared for the future. The FIP Your School® approach was developed and first implemented statewide in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education. Learn more at FIPYourSchoolOhio.org.
GROUNDED IN RESEARCH
Battelle for Kids developed the formative instructional practices online modules with a foundation in research and specifically draws on content from Classroom Assessment for Student Learning and Seven Strategies for Student Learning by experts Jan Chappuis, Rick Stiggins, Steve Chappuis, and Judith Arter.
These courses have truly given me greater intellectual insight as well as practical strategies and procedures that will transform my teaching.
7th grade teacher, Hillsborough County, Florida