(8 Hours) This course will teach participants the value of incorporating frequent checks for understanding into their lesson plans. They will learn about three types of checks, including verbal, written and demonstration, as well as learn when they need to be incorporated into a lesson cycle. Course participants will also learn the value of collecting data from these checks, and how to use that data to inform future instructional decisions.

  • Price: $25
  • Credit Type: Professional Development

  • Credits: 8 PD Hours

  • 19 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course, Including a 76-Page CFU Strategy Guide


  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Testing Strategies
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives:

What You Will Learn
  • The Purpose & Advantage of Using CFU Strategies to Improve Instruction
  • A Step-By-Step Guide & Activities to Incorporate CFU Strategies Into Every Lesson Plan
  • How to Use CFU Strategies to Gather Data & Inform Instructional Decisions

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What You Will Learn:

Course Sections
  • Checking for Understanding activities need to be incorporated before teaching new content, during the actual lesson, and at the end of the lesson.
  • Checking for Understanding activities can be verbal, written, or consist of a student demonstration.
  • Checking for Understanding activities may be closed, in which there is one correct answer, or more open-ended where students responses will vary and require higher level thinking skills.
  • The main purpose of any Checking for Understanding is to provide data for the teacher to analyze as he/she makes future instructional decisions.

Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

When and how should I incorporate checks for understanding into my daily lesson plans in order to ensure student success?

Great CFU strategies

Great course with useful information and videos. Easy to follow and a great reminder or known strategies plus additional strategies to implement in the classroom. Would definitely recommend!

-9th Grade Math Teacher

Professional Development Credits:


At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 8 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
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  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
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  • Nevada DOE
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Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – An Introduction to Checking for Understanding

  • What “Checking for Understanding” (CFU) is and why it is used
  • Three general strategies to use when checking for understanding
  • How to create CFU activities with assessments and data in mind

Section 2 – CFU Before Instruction

  • The purpose of CFUs before instruction
  • How to develop aligned and impactful checks for understanding before instruction
  • Using data to inform instruction

Section 3 – CFU During Instruction

  • The purpose of CFUs during instruction
  • How to develop aligned and impactful checks for understanding during instruction
  • The importance of using data to correct misconceptions as soon as they occur

Section 4 – CFU After Instruction

  • The importance of CFUs after instruction
  • How to develop aligned and impactful checks for understanding to use after instruction
  • The importance of using data to ensure student content mastery

Section 5 – CFU in Action

  • Analyze the components of a lesson that uses multiple methods to check for student understanding
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 19 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • CFU Strategy Guide
  • Before Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet
  • Before Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet-SAMPLE
  • Prior Knowledge Data Tracker
  • Prior Knowledge Data Tracker-SAMPLE
  • During Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet
  • During Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet-SAMPLE
  • New Knowledge Data Tracker
  • New Knowledge Data Tracker-SAMPLE
  • After Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet
  • After Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet-SAMPLE
  • Content Mastery Data Tracker
  • Content Mastery Data Tracker-SAMPLE
  • CFU Lesson Plan-Scenario Sample
  • CFU Lesson Plan Template
  • CFU Lesson Plan Template-SAMPLE
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist
  • Implementation Observation Checklist-SAMPLE
Check for Understanding Strategy Guide

Included In The Course: Checking for Understanding Strategy Guide

Included in this course is our Checking for Understanding Strategy Guide: Example Activities & Strategies to Check Student Understanding in an Effective Classroom.

In this 76-page guide, you will receive sample strategies that can be used in any classroom to check for student understanding. The strategies are broken down into three categories: verbal, written, and demonstration. We give an overview (with examples) of 32 different checks for understanding teachers can use to evaluate student understanding and growth before, during, and after lessons. Register for the course to receive this resource and more!

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