Formative Assessment Strategy: Find Someone Who…Review


I found this strategy for checking for understanding from Judith Dodge’s 25 Quick Formative Assessment Strategies for a Differentiated Classroom. My staff and I used this to assess prior knowledge from our first technology night. The fifteen minutes we spent discussing these topics created a nice transition to our next learning target as we explore digital student portfolios.

Here are some ways my staff thought we could use this in any classroom:

as a preassessment

to review for a summative assessment

to foster peer dialogue

to clear up confusion

to engage active learners

How might you use this in staff development and/or the classroom? Please share in the comments.

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

6 thoughts on “Formative Assessment Strategy: Find Someone Who…Review”

  1. Thanks, Matt! I’ve been reading your blog since summer and I love it! You give great strategies and practical, feet-on-the-ground advice for teachers and administrators in the real world.

    This is definitely something I will pass on to my staff for discussion.

    You are on my blog list here:



  2. Hi there! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an
    established blog. Is it tough to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty
    quick. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to begin.
    Do you have any points or suggestions? Thanks


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