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From Routine to Reflection: How to Use Admit and Exit Tickets to Create a Culture of Reflection in Your Prek-12 Classroom

By |March 27th, 2024|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep|Tags: , , , , |

Do you want to transform your admit and exit tickets from routine to reflective ones? From reframing prompts to fostering self-assessment, discover some actionable strategies for cultivating a culture of reflection through admit and exit tickets.

A Formula for Student Feedback

By |March 23rd, 2023|Categories: Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Your students need a model for improving their work; with timely and specific feedback, it will be easier for them to work to improve in certain areas. Student feedback identifies particular areas of student performance and provides insight into their strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, feedback should be a natural component of most assessment methods you provide in your classroom. This article will give you a brief set of steps to help you build timely and targeted student feedback.

The 3-2-1 Strategy to Check for Student Understanding

By |January 3rd, 2023|Categories: Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep|Tags: , , |

Ideas and strategies to check for student understanding are plentiful. You may find that you’ll use several different methods within each classroom and choose methods specific to the task students complete. A large toolbox of strategies to pull from can help ensure you understand exactly what each student knows. When designed correctly, your methods to check for student understanding can also work to support students in self-analyzing their learning to train them to think critically about what they do and do not know. The 3-2-1 Strategy is a simple yet effective method you can introduce to your students to learn what they know and to help them analyze it for themselves.

The Four Corners Strategy-A Verbal, Active Method to Check for Understanding

By |May 11th, 2022|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Four Corners Strategy is a simple verbal strategy to help engage your students and improve discussion and discourse. In Four Corners, a question is presented to the class, and students are given time to think about their responses. Students will respond to the question by standing in a designated spot of the room that represents their answer choice. Typically, you allow for each corner of the four corners of your classroom to convey an answer choice. After posing your question, students will reflect on their answer and then move to their designated corner of the room. The Four Corners Strategy is a wonderful way to encourage debate and discourse in the classroom while also visualizing students' differences in ideas. By posing questions that elicit a more open-ended response, you can encourage students to think more critically about the question and their answer and prompt them to justify their choice.

The Student Response System as an Effective Verbal Strategy to Check for Student Understanding

By |April 12th, 2022|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Math Instruction, Reading/ELA Instruction, Science Instruction, Special Education, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , , |

A simple verbal strategy to check for student understanding throughout your lesson is the Student Response System and is the focus of this article. This strategy presents questioning prompts in multiple-choice or true-false format for students to answer in real-time. Students will respond to the prompts using pre-made cards with A, B, C, D, True, False, or other information to indicate their selection of an answer choice displayed on the board. The student response system can be prepared easily by cutting out printed cards, laminating them, and making them available to each student in your classroom. If you have it available at your school, there are also electronic versions of this student response system, commonly known as Clickers. Physical devices may be available for use at your school, or you may have an app or website that you can access to employ an online student response system.

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