Week 20: Peer to Peer Chat
Collaborating. Growing. Reflecting.
10 Not So Average Ways to Check for Understanding!
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.