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 three of my favorite strategies– Exit Tickets with Understanding, Sometimes, Always. or Never, and Fact or Fib. For this last week of October, I am sharing Who’s Correct?– another strategy that requires students to justify their understanding in order to demonstrate mastery of an objective.
“Who’s Correct?” is a strategy that requires students to analyze and make sense of the thinking of others. What I love about it is that students do not just solve the problem, they must select a correct, or incorrect, response and provide a justification for the thinking of another. 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 again this week.
Here’s how it works:
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. Present a question to the class along with four characters’ answers and reasoning.”
4. Ask students to respond to the “Who’s Correct?” question and give a justification in pictures, words, or numbers.
A. After students have selected the response they believe to be correct, have them provide a justification for why the other responses are incorrect.
B. Assign each student a character’s response and ask them to determine if the reasoning is right or wrong.
C. Provide the students with three correct responses and one incorrect response. Then have the students determine whose response is incorrect.
D. Provide more than one correct response and challenge students to see if they identify more than one correct response.
Free Resource Alert: The visual I used above is available here. To use it with your students, insert the picture into a PowerPoint slide. Then insert a text box with the responses you want to highlight.
Sound Off! How could you use this strategy with your own students?