Quick, Easy, and Effective Informal Assessment

Ongoing assessment is SO important in our classrooms! The goal of all instruction is student success and ongoing assessment is vital for me to see how my students are doing and how I need to adjust my teaching. I am always trying to fill my teacher toolbox with quick, easy, and effective informal assessment tools.


I love the idea of using sticky notes in the classroom because it’s one of those ways I can work smarter and not harder. No copies needed–just sticky notes, which all of us have in abundance! I’ve seen some great ideas on pinterest of using poster board to have your students attach their sticky notes to, but my classroom does not have a lot of space wall space. I need something a little more compact and I love digital items because instead of needing to remake something from scratch I can just print! So I created this “What Stuck With You Poster?” to use in my classroom and I am SO excited to begin using it!

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I’m going to start by hanging it on my front board with magnets so that I can first teach my students how to use it. Then I plan on attaching it to my door so that it can always be in reach for my students. I’m going to have my students use sticky notes to respond to either my lesson Essential Question or as a way to reflect on our learning from the day. For example, when we are learning about the 3 ways to read a book this week during the first week of school I plan on having them draw/write the 3 ways and then stick it right onto their assigned number!

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I love how quickly I will be able to assess their understanding as I look over their sticky notes. I can immediately see the students that “got it” and also what students still need continued support and reteaching. No papers to grade, immediate feedback, no copies–I’m a fan!!

If you’d like to use this quick, easy, and effective assessment tool this year I have included 4 different options for you to choose from.



I personally love using assigned numbers in the classroom for organization and management. It also allows me to reuse materials from year to year without needed to change the resource. However, if you don’t use assigned numbers and prefer to use student names I have also included 2 blank box versions. I’d recommend laminating it first and then writing your students’ names on each box with a Sharpie marker. Then at the end of the year you can just use a dry erase marker to write over the names and wipe off for next year.

If you are interested in adding this to your teacher toolbox it is available in my Foxwell Forest Teachers Pay Teachers shop.


I’d love to hear how you use it in your classroom! Let me know!

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