It is a buzzword that gets slung about often. However, it's the vehicle to personalizing education for every student. What the student gets is what he/she needs. How do you know the needs of your students? You preassess, and the preassessment is given whether or not your students know about the upcoming unit. It's easy to assume they don't know anything, but in this day where so much can be learned from YouTube, websites, and social media it would be a mistake to not see what students already know. Now, you may find out every student knows almost nothing about what you are about to teach, but you don't know unless you ask.
The preassessment could be a few things but not limited to the bullets below:
- End of unit test
- Venn Diagram
- response to writing