Formative assessment refers to a wide range of methods teaching staff implement in order to evaluate student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson so that they can increase attainment and build confidence. Judgements made about this should be based on evidence from a broad range of sources, and by reference to a learner’s progress over time, across a range of activities (Scottish Government, 2008). There are many ways that learning can be evaluated however “show-me” boards are a quick and very simple way to find out if children have grasped a concept, or if they require additional support. It also means that every child has to make an effort to work out the answer and, if the answer is incorrect, can ‘quickly bridge the gap between what they know and what they need to know’ (Arthur & Cremin, 2010).
Within the Reflective Account the principal objective is to determine the impact that using show-me boards as a teaching and learning tool has in the classroom in terms of learning, confidence and motivation.