5.1 Assess student learning
7.3 Engage with the parents/ carers
I see into your mind……
Well, it would be easy if teachers could examine our students mind to see if they have understood a concept, but we can’t.
Many of you may remember being at school and when the teacher asked if you understood, you nodded with a blank look on your face but internally you were saying “I have no idea”).
iLearned Tickets to the rescue
We call them ‘Assessment for Learning’ which means, it is a way that we use to see if students understand what we have taught and then adjust what we do next. Do we need to reteach, present it a different way etc.
I use them periodically by asking students to answer a quick question or too after I have taught something. It could be at the end of the period OR at the beginning of the next period. They complete them, place them back into their own ‘pocket’. I mark them and see who has got the concept, who needs further explanation.
It is quick and frequent. The kids also see the importance of testing their knowledge / understanding very soon after learning something and NOT waiting before a bigger test (as they often forget it).
Have a go!
There is no reason why students could not do the same thing. They could at the end of the lesson make up 1 or 2 quick questions, then see if they can answer them in a few days time or 1 week. They could make a question and then swap it with a friend, or even better post them on Edmodo or another class page so they can get a large number of questions.
To give you an idea, I have had students from other schools make a Google quiz on some of my videos. They then share these quizzes with each other so that they can all practice and get better for that concept. Why can’t your child do this with their friend / s or class?
Until next time,
Yours in education
Mr Darin Carr