Seatworks as Formative Assessments

The role of seat works should be formative in nature. They should provide feedback on whether students have learned a topic or not. If scores are low, the teacher should discuss the topic again. There are times when students are asked to do seat works simultaneously with quizzes (They do this in my children’s school when they are running out time). In this case seat works only serves as recording purposes.

Seatwork results are good formative assessments. Good scores signal the readiness of the class for a quiz on the topic and, also their readiness to proceed to the next topic. Seatwork results must be communicated to the students, as well as, their parents. This will inform them about what they have missed and allow them to improve scores for the forthcoming quiz on that topic.


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