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: Assign to your students

Choose a class or classes to assign the formative to. Click "Assign settings (optional)" and toggle on "Teacher Paced."

Note to Partner 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 toggled off.

Step Three: Open Teacher Paced mode

After assigning, the Join Instructions will show in a popup window. Selecting a class from the right side will launch Teacher Paced mode in a new tab.

Note: If you navigate away from the Join Instructions, you can view them again in the triple dot menu, or launch the Teacher Paced mode tab by clicking the settings dropdown button.

Step Four: Start the lesson!

When you are ready, click "Start" in the upper right corner. Then, you can control which question or group of questions students are seeing. Any student that joins in will automatically view the current question.

The navigation bar at the top will indicate which question you're on by highlighting the question number/group in blue.

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" instead. This prevents students from continuing the formative while allowing you to keep the assignment open.


πŸ™‹πŸ½ 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:

πŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈ 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:

πŸ™‹πŸΌ 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 toggle "Teacher Paced" off in the Assign settings.

πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 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 toggle "Teacher Paced" off under the Assign settings, or 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.

πŸ™‹πŸΏβ€β™‚οΈ 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.

πŸ™‹πŸ» 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 "View Responses" screen.

πŸ™‹πŸ½ 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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