Week 20: Peer to Peer Chat

Collaborating. Growing. Reflecting.

10 Not So Average Ways to Check for Understanding!

As you move into this week and continue a focus on different ways to check for understanding, you might want to check out these strategies.

10 Strategies to use in the classroom:

1. Example/Non-Example - Given a concept, students sort or write various examples/non-examples on index cards or a T-chart in their journals. (For primary - provide students pictures that they sort)

2. Pop It (Bubble Wrap) - Students write what they want to know about a topic on a colored dot sticker. Place each sticker on the bubble wrap. When a topic is covered, the student pops the bubble.

3. Rubric - A scoring guide that also provides clear expectations BEFORE a project is given. Check out rubistar.com to create your own rubrics.

4. Misconception Check - Given a common misconception about a topic, students explain why they agree or disagree with it.

5. Muddy Moment - What frustrates and confuses you about the text? Why?

6. The 411 - Describe the author's objective

7. Advertisement - Create an ad, with visuals and text, for the newly learned concept. (This is also great to use for independent reading.)

8. The Minute Paper - In 1 minute, describe the most meaningful thing you've learned during today's lesson.

9. Color Cards - Red = Stop, I need help. Green = Keep going, I understand. Yellow = I'm a little confused. **You can get FREE color swatches at any home improvement store, punch a hole in the corner & use a silver binding ring to organize for each student.

10. Twitter Post - Create a Twitter display wall where students write a reflection of today's learning (using 140 characters or less). Index cards are great to use for this.