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Formative In-Person Learning Guide

Transition from Virtual to Hybrid or In-Person learning smoothly with these resources, ideas, and inspiration from Formative!

Written by Lauren Sprowl
Updated over a week ago

This guide is full of links and videos to help you find ways to adapt your classroom instruction no matter what setting your students are learning in.

Use this guide to learn how to use Formative for:

👨🏽‍💻 Independent Work and Self-paced Mastery 👩🏻‍💻

Returning to in-person learning doesn't have to be a return to what we've always done. This is the time to create a truly dynamic and flexible learning environment for you and your students.

With the ability to embed content from across the web, attach videos and lessons, and create engaging questions, Formative is an ideal solution for student-paced learning that fosters independence and curiosity!




Teach a mini-lesson, watch a video, or read an article as a class and have students work independently or in groups to complete a formative.

Engage in a lesson with students virtually, then have them complete a formative demonstrating their knowledge using Formative.

Conduct a lesson virtually, or embed videos, slideshows, and more into a formative so students can work, practice, and learn at their own pace.

💡 Stations and Centers 💡

Assign different activities to different groups of students and have them rotate. Use Formative to keep track of what your students are working on, even when you aren't working with them directly. This can be especially helpful if you don't have one-to-one devices in your classroom. Formative's real-time student responses allow you to do all this and more!




Provide instructions for logging into Formative, and a link to the station or center's assignment.

Assign formatives to your classes through Google Classroom or your LMS.

Assign formatives to your classes through Google Classroom or your LMS.

Provide physical worksheets and have students input their answers or photos of their work to a formative!

Students can do the same assignment at home as students who are working in-person at stations.

Assign a formative and send students to video-chat breakout rooms to collaborate and track their responses together.

Tip: Use auto-grading to let students know how they're doing in the moment!

Leading a small group session? Or conducting an anchor lesson with the whole class before breaking into stations? Use our new Teacher-Paced Mode to guide your students as a group!

🙋🏼 Student Self-Assessment and Reflection 🙋🏽‍♀️

Discuss student work together

Formative allows you to hide student names and to sort names randomly in View Responses. This allows you to share responses to a question without compromising student privacy. Try displaying your View Responses screen and discussing them together.

  • How could we rank these responses?

  • What is similar and different between these responses?

  • What did this response do well? What could be done to make it better?

Return Scores Instantly for true Formative Assessment

Empower your students to advocate for their own learning using our Instant Score Return feature. If students get a question wrong, encourage them to upload a photo of their work and process to a Show Your Work box so you can help them find their mistakes.

Using Rubrics in Drawing Questions and Show Your Work boxes

You can also include rubrics and self-assessments in the background of a Drawing / Show Your Work box so students can let you know how they think they did. Make a copy of this formative with some great ideas for how you can do this with your students!




Use the results of self-assessment rubrics and instant scores to place students into small groups, or pull students for mini-lessons.

Use self-assessments in Formative to see where your students are, so you can be ready to go once they arrive in the classroom.

Pre-plan out formatives for your lessons and units so you can assign them individually when students are ready to move on!

📊 Creating Digital Portfolios 📈

More than ever, Formative can function as a repository for student work. Students can take a photo of their work to upload, attach hyperlinks to work they've done on other platforms, record audio explaining their learning process, and even upload pdfs of published work. No more need to collect towering stacks of papers!

In-Person - Hybrid - Virtual

Use Formative to collect student responses, and have them add a photo of the work they've completed offline to a Drawing question, Show Your Work box or Free Response question using our built-in camera option.

Have students copy a share link to published work on other web platforms, and paste the link into a Free Response question. The link will automatically be hyperlinked so you can access their work in a single click.

If students have published work in a multi-page document, they can now save it as a pdf and upload it to a Drawing question, Show Your Work box or Free Response question using the "Add Image" modal.

🖇 Inspiration and free formatives from teachers like you! 🔗

⭐️ Lesson Ideas and Inspiration:

  • This math formative can provide inspiration for all content areas. Begin with some starter questions that are auto-graded, then have students choose their activity based on how they do: Differentiated Independent Practice

  • Get to know how your students are feeling before you start with this quick temperature check: How are you feeling today?

  • Use this formative to get a sense of what your students' understanding is: Generic Exit Ticket

⭐️ Tips and Tricks:

Click on the links below for tips on how to implement Formative with specific content areas, grade levels, and student groups. Each link contains helpful resources, ideas, and recommended formatives to help you make the most of Formative in your classroom!

Try cloning and placing the recommended formatives at the bottom of each article in your school's or team's Private Library so all educators can access and personalize them for their curricular needs.

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