Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Identification & Assessment
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

What if you went to the eye doctor and were handed a pre-made pair of glasses with no exam and sent on your way? Your chances of seeing well through those glasses would almost be zero! In “The Power of Pre-Assessment,” Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., compares an eye exam to pre-assessment in the differentiated classroom.  Pre-assessment is a logical first step for differentiation and the key to success. 

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If differentiation is trying to make sure that everyone is wearing the right “glasses” for their own eyes, pre-assessment is the path or “eye exam” that gets you to that goal. Discovering prior knowledge allows you to match your lessons to your students’ abilities and interests. In this course, you will learn the basics of how and why to do pre-assessment and discover how it helps you design successful lessons.

In this 1-hour course you will learn:

  • The three steps of pre-assessment
  • What to look for
  • The alphabet of pre-assessment ideas
  • Guidance for parents

Presenter Bio

Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas. 

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161 reviews for The Power of Pre-Assessment

  1. Megan – Private Pay (verified owner)

    A lot of good ideas for pre-assessments.

  2. Rebecca – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Thank you for the a-z list…it was very useful! This course zipped by because it started with my own experience of doing a “preassessment” which in turn motivated me to learn and sustained my interest. 😉

  3. Sarah – GEORGETOWN ISD (verified owner)

    Good pre-assessment strategies

  4. Liza – HUTTO ISD (verified owner)

    I thought it had a lot of great ideas of different types of pre-assessments.

  5. Karen – WYLIE ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent and thorough on the topic of pre-assessment and benefits of this useful tool.

  6. William – GEORGETOWN ISD (verified owner)

    good info, especially the lengthy supply of methods

  7. Liz – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    Loved the methods! Lots of creative, easy to use ideas!

  8. Julie – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)


  9. Jenny – CARLISLE LOCAL (verified owner)

    Good pre-assessment ideas

  10. Chelsea – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    Great course, very informative. I like the variety of techniques offered.

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