Formative's traditional format allows for self-paced lessons and assessments that provide real-time data, so teachers can send immediate feedback. With Teacher-Paced Mode, you have the option to control the pace of questions so the whole class can progress together! Here's how you can get started:

Step One: Create your lesson/assessment

Open one of your existing formative assignments, build a new one from scratch by adding content, questions, or uploading existing materials, or grab a copy of a pre-made formative from the Library tab.

Step Two: Present to your students

Click the "Assign" button at the top right corner of your screen and select "Teacher-Paced" from the dropdown menu.

Continue to select the class you'd like to present the formative to, and click "Pace [CLASS]".

Note to Silver/Gold users: Teacher Paced mode will automatically disable the options to restrict to individual students, schedule open and close times, and set a time limit. These controls can be restored when Teacher Paced mode is turned off.

Step Three: Open Teacher-Paced Lobby

Once "Pace [CLASS]" has been clicked, the Teacher-Paced Lobby will launch in a new tab.
Join Instructions for students will display on the left side of the screen. For students in a class, you can provide your students with the title of the formative to access form within their own Formative accounts or send them a direct link.

Guest students, on the other hand, will have the option to join the teacher-paced formative either by using a join-code, or scanning a QR code with their device's camera.

If you have paused or navigated out of the Teacher Paced Mode, simply repeat step 2 (above) and after choosing the same class click to resume.

Step Four: Adjust After Submission Settings

Click the Gear icon on the top right menu to adjust your settings for after submission, returning scores and returning answers

Step Five: Check who joined the session

The right side panel of the Teacher-Paced Lobby will present you with a list of all the students in your class. A live-presence indicator will turn green when the student joins the session. If the live-presence indicator is gray, it means the student has not joined yet.

If you've assigned to Guest Students, you will see the name of the guests who have joined appearing on the right side panel along with the live-presence indicator as well

Step Six: Start the lesson!

When you are ready to begin presenting, simply click "Start Now". Then, you can control which question or group of questions students are seeing. Any student that joins in will automatically view the current question.

You'll be able to see the Join code and retrieve the Join link from the top of your screen while controlling Teacher-Paced mode.

To navigate between questions you can use the arrow buttons to move forward or backward, or click the corresponding question/content item number/icon in the floating navigation bar.

On the navigation bar you also have the option to pause the session. Once the Teacher-Paced mode is paused, students will no longer be able to answer the question they are on until you click to un-pause.

If the navigation bar is blocking your view, please click the dots on the left and drag and drop it anywhere on the screen you'd prefer it to be.

Ending the session

Once you have finished presenting, select the "End session" dropdown from the upper right. Here you can choose from three options:

  • Force submission: Submits all students' assignments for grading, regardless of completion. More on force submission can be found in this article.

  • Close assignment: If all students have submitted answers, this closes the assignment.

  • Switch to student paced: Keeps the assignment open and allows students to view and answer all questions at their own pace.

To continue the session another time, select "Pause" from the floating navigation bar instead. This prevents students from continuing the formative while allowing you to keep the assignment open.


🙋🏽 Am I able to display responses for students to see?

Yes! All student responses will populate in real-time in the View Responses screen, just like they do for every other formative you assign. This will be on a separate tab from your Teacher Paced session. If you are screen-sharing for your class, you can display responses for students to see simply by switching tabs!

To protect student privacy when sharing your responses tab, make sure you hide student names and randomize sort order at the top of the page:

🙋🏽‍♀️ What does Teacher Paced Mode look like for my students?

Students will not be able to access any questions on the formative until you start the live session. Once you do, they will only view the question or group of questions you have selected on the Teacher Paced mode tab.

Once the lesson has started, the navigation bar at the top will indicate to students which question you are displaying by highlighting the question number/group in blue:

🙋🏼 What happens if I close the Teacher Paced mode tab?

If you close the tab, students will still be able to answer the question where you left off but will not be able to continue to the next question until you reopen the tab (see step 3 above) and continue the session. To return to student-paced mode, you must re-open the tab and choose "Switch to student paced" from the "End Session" dropdown menu.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Can my students go back to previous questions?

Students are not able to adjust the question they are on when Teacher Paced mode is active. If you want, you can select "End Session" in the Teacher Paced mode tab and choose "Switch to Student Paced." This will return the formative to the traditional format, where students can view all questions (see above).

🙋🏿‍♂️ My students' screens aren't changing when I change the question

Make sure that you have the correct class's Teacher Paced Mode open. Each class has its own individual Teacher Paced link.

You can check which class you are presenting to in the upper left corner of the Teacher Paced Mode tab.

🙋🏻 Am I still able to send students feedback?

Yes! You can control which questions students see in the Teacher Paced tab, and still view responses and send feedback from the "Responses" screen.

🙋🏽 Are my students still able to ask questions in the feedback chat?

Yes! Students will still see the blue chat bubble icon under each question as you reveal them. Any feedback you send will also show on their screen.

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