I would love feedback on my first few Formatives

I am new and would loved your feedback!

Independent, Dependent and Compound Events

Complementary, Supplementary, and Adjacent Angles

Pythagorean Theorem


While I am not a Math Teacher I can definitely appreciate your effort on these formatives. I particularly like your Pythagorean Theorem Formative: https://goformative.com/clone/SFLUOL

I think it has a good combination of content with the videos, but also questions to assess your students engagement and understanding. I also like how you finished on a lighter note with the last question.

Welcome to the community. You’ve started out great. Amanda, the design and content are on target. Yet the questions may give you a false sense of what your students actually know. Focus on task that make students explain, demonstrate or apply what they know. For example, ask students to sketch and label sumplementary angles & have them explain or give an example of the definition of adjacent.
For the Pythagorean Theorem give them 2 side lengths and ask them to Determine the length of the unknown side of the right triangle. If not a perfect square, determine which two integers the length is between and the integer to which it is closest.
Integrating these types of problems into your formatives will both you & your students assess their understanding.


Welcome to GoFormative, Amanda! I’m a 7/8 Math teacher, myself, and have been using this app for the last several years. I don’t want to remember teaching without it!

A few quick notes on the Formatives you posted:

Independent, Dependent, and Compound Events

  1. I learned early on that, when teaching probability to 7th-grade minds, do not EVER use the phrases “get heads” or “get tails”. You will be fending off snickers for far too long! I always substitute this with “the coin lands on heads” or “the coin lands on tails”.

  2. #6 doesn’t specify what you’re doing with the first black sock.

  3. You have an image that’s embedded above question #7, then again inside the question. I might stick with one versus the other.

  4. Also on #7, it looks like you’re trying to find the compound independent probability of rolling a 3 and spinning an E, but your wording of “find each probability” makes it sound like you’re looking for each one separately.

  5. GoFormative has the ability to format fractions inside of your answer options! You can either use the + button on the right, or just highlight the portion of the text that you want to turn into formatted math and choose “Latex”. When you do this on a fraction, like the answer choices in #15, it automatically formats it for you.

  6. Try tagging math standards for each question so you and your math students can see their strengths and weaknesses for each standard. Find the little price tag icon in the lower left to explore this.

Pythagorean Theorem

  1. I noticed that #5 and #7 are asking for the missing angle, but you’re actually looking for a missing side length.

  2. It looks like you’re trying to account for students’ possible answers, like in #4. However, if you’re using a short answer type, as you are here, then you don’t need to worry about accounting for spaces in your answers. If you’re using the numeric type, you do need to worry about them, but not for short answers. It parses w=12 the same as w = 12 in short answer, but as different answers for numeric.

  3. Each of the questions here is an introductory computation problem. This may be a deliberate choice on your part… in which case, great! If not, you might want to throw in some word problems that make them compute multi-step elements. As an example of these types of problems, take a look at the scavenger hunt that we have here: https://goformative.com/clone/WVVFZE

Complementary, Supplementary, and Adjacent

  1. Whoops! Make sure you have an answer choice for #4-7.

  2. I would highly recommend exploring the numeric answer type. You can enter the degree symbol there!

  3. The phrasing “complementary angle 22 degrees” is a little weird. It makes more sense to me to hear “An angle that is complementary to an angle measuring 22 degrees”. It’s a tiny thing…

You’re off to a fantastic start!


I only looked at the Pythagorean Theorem Formative.

Q#2 & Q#3 are Multiple Choice yet the response choices are true / false. There is a True / False questions type you can select from.

Q#4 - Q#10 + Q#12 - Q#14 are short answer and you are expecting a numeric response. Better to select the numeric question type as it allows you better functionality with the questions and the student answers.

It is always awesome to give a fun question at the end. I usually ask for trivia on me. Example, what is my favorite color?

Good questions!

Take a look at a quiz I gave my kids on Pythagorean. I would love feed back from you!



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It may not have been available at the time, but now you can select “Show Your Work” on a multiple choice question. That way, you will be able to know if a student worked his/her way to the correct answer or simply made a good guess. :slight_smile:

I’ve edited your original to show you what that can look like: QCH2KV

For the Pythagorean Theorem Formative, I would suggest having questions that include pictures so that students have to identify which sides are a, b, and c in order to set up the equation. You can do this by making screenshots of pictures from previously made worksheets or from problems that you find online and then inserting them as images. I’ve also uploaded PDF’s and Docs of previously made worksheets and have used them to make it easier.