Thursday, 6 June, 2019 - 12:45
10 Great tips for teachers to ensure student understanding
  1. Avoid Yes/No questions.

  2. At the end of the lesson Ask students to reflect on what they have learned.

  3. Use quizzes at the end of class to check for comprehension.

  4. Ask students to summarize important concepts and lessons.

  5. Hand signals - students can show anywhere from five fingers to signal maximum understanding to one finger to signal minimal understanding.

  6. Response cards.  During the lesson signs / index cards or other items are simultaneously held up by all students in class to indicate their response to a question or problem presented by the teacher.

  7. Four corners.  The teacher asks a question or makes a statement. Students then move to the appropriate corner of the classroom to indicate their response to the question / statement. For example, the corner choices might include “I strongly agree,” “I strongly disagree,” “I agree somewhat,” and “I’m not sure.”

  8. Think-pair-share. Students pair with a designated partner to compare thoughts before sharing with the whole class.

  9. Choral reading. Students mark text to identify a particular concept and chime in, reading the marked text aloud in unison with the teacher. This helps students develop fluency; differentiate between the reading of statements and questions; and practice phrasing, pacing, and reading dialogue.

  10. One question quiz. Ask a single focused question with a specific goal that can be answered within a minute or two. You can scan the written responses to assess student understanding.


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Source - by Sara Briggs