Sept. 14, 2015

If you can Google the answer, then it's not a good question.

--Will Richardson

Hinge Questions

Flipped lessons allow teachers to spend more time interacting with students, as students take in the new information at their own pace and teachers can address what the students did not understand when they come to class the next day. But what about "traditional" delivery? How do we know students are "getting" the lesson? Hinge questions in the middle of a lesson are a great way to measure student understanding. Student understanding, or lack of, is the "hinge" to determine to go on with the lesson, or to take a new approach to the topic.

Some tips for hinge questions:

  • To discern if a student truly understands, you could include multiple right answers and have the student ID them.
  • Questions should not have obvious right answers.
  • Questions should be based on those critical concepts students need to move to the next level.
  • Student devices are an excellent way to elicit a response from each student and get immediate feedback. White boards also work for this.
  • Every student must respond, and they should respond within two minutes.
  • Hinge questions make teachers more responsive in real time.
  • Hinge questions help teachers find where the errors in understanding are.

Sample hinge question In a lesson on climate:

Why is the Earth colder in areas further away from the equator? -

A. The Earth orbits the Sun. -

B. The Earth orbits the Sun at an angle. -

C. The Earth is a sphere. -

D. The Earth has a hot core.


Shift your thinking!
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GHS Quest students developed a lesson on diversity to share with Carver 6th graders. All involved said it was a great PBL event for high school and middle school students.


Switch, Ch 5, Find the Feeling

Most people think change happens in this sequence: ANALYZE, THINK, CHANGE. This works when parameters are known and the future is not gray. As stated in previous chapters, you must provide a clear path, but more important is that your staff beome enthused about the change, The real sequence for change is SEE, FEEL, CHANGE.

Seeking feedback is key to getting teachers enthused, but we must utilize that feedback, even if it is not what we hoped to hear. Those people who want to positively impact their environment and who are constructively critical can help us monitor what people need.

Understanding others’ environments from their point of view also is crucial.


Follow the link below for a short clip Eric Sheninger's take on empowering teachers in their use of technology:
Eric Sheninger - empower teachers to use technology, don't mandate it
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