Checking for understanding is essential to creating lessons that are responsive to the learning needs of our students. This month, I am featuring quick strategies that will help you assess your students’ understanding. So far, I have shared two of my favorite strategies– Exit Tickets with Understanding and Sometimes, Always. or Never. This week, I am sharing Fact or Fib– another strategy that requires students to justify their understanding in order to demonstrate mastery of an objective.
“Fact or Fib” is a strategy that has been used in a variety of ways for several years. It’s a spin-off of the oh-so-familiar true or false task but adds a new context. You can encourage students to be fact checkers– a real job these days with all of the 2016 election antics. Like last week’s strategy, the power comes from the justification piece. It is not enough for students to respond with fact or fib, they must know why and be able to communicate their thinking in pictures, words, or numbers. See the example below.
Note: For comparison, I thought it would be cool to show how to check for understanding in different ways using the same objectives. This way, you can evaluate how and when a strategy may best work for you and your students. With that said, I focus on the third objective this week.
1. Post the lesson objectives in specific, kid-friendly language. (See the picture to the right.)
2. Give each student a small slip of paper or an index card.
3. Create a statement, based on the lesson objections, to which students can respond “fact” or “fib.”
4. Ask students to respond to the statement with “fact” or “fib” and give a justification in pictures, words, or numbers.
Sound Off! How could you use this strategy with your own students?