The Power of Pre-Assessment


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

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172 reviews for The Power of Pre-Assessment

  1. Delfina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    The course was informative. It provided many different examples of differentiation that can be used in the classroom.

  2. miriam – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good ideas!!

  3. Armand – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    It was very helpful, knowing I was already doing some of these strategies.

  4. Zondra – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent! Many great ideas that are well-explained. One of the best ones I’ve “attended”.

  5. Jenny – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  6. Amanda – 588 Co-op (verified owner)

    Good ideas.

  7. Audrey – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    This PD was helpful in teaching me a variety of ways that I can use pre-assessment in the classroom.

  8. Kari – WYLIE ISD (verified owner)

    This course gave great ideas on pre-assessment.

  9. Melissa – BETHEL LOCAL (verified owner)

    This course is informative.

  10. Rebecca – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    It was great! I loved the different strategies that I can implement in my classroom.

  11. Terri – BLANCHESTER LOCAL (verified owner)

    Really good ideas.

  12. Michelle – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    Interesting and helpful!

  13. Daniel – GARFIELD RE-2 (verified owner)

    This was a great course that really expands on what you may think about pre-assessments.

  14. Kim – St Marys City Schools (verified owner)

    Loved the A-Z list. There were many that I have never heard of before.

  15. Diana – Private Pay (verified owner)

    The ABC list was awesome but, I didn’t have the handout.

  16. Troy – GARFIELD RE-2 (verified owner)

    I think it was a solid discussion of pre-assessment strategies along with the rationale behind pre-assessment. Many of the strategies are ones that may be used not only for pre-assessment but also for informal assessment along the way.

  17. shahn – SOUTH TEXAS ISD (verified owner)

    good stuff

  18. Elda – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    I found it very interesting, because I really believe in pre-assessment.

  19. Jessica – East Muskingum Local Schools (verified owner)

    Great course

  20. Chellsey – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    It was great. Great ideas

  21. Jassmine – CRESTVIEW LOCAL – VAN WERT COUNTY (verified owner)

    It was good.

  22. Katie – EASTERN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Very good refresher

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