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Chapter 1 / Exercise 5
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Different Assessment Techniques (Formative) Fist to Five The teacher uses this formative assessment technique to quickly check the understanding of his or her students. At the end of a lesson, or during a lesson, the teacher asks students to use their hand to show how the concept was understood. A fist means, “I don’t understand any of it,” while all five fingers out means, “I understand it completely.” 1, 2, 3, or 4 fingers can also be used to indicate levels of comprehension. The teacher readjusts the next lesson based on student response. Teacher can hold students more accountable for honesty by calling on someone who signaled a 5 to explain the concept to the class, or partner students who understand (5) with those who don’t (0) and let them teach each other for a few minutes. Thumbs Up – Side - Down The teacher asks students to use their hand signals to show understanding of a concept at the end of a lesson or during instruction. A thumb up indicates, “I have a good understanding.” A thumb to the side shows, “I still have some questions.” A thumb down suggests, “I don’t get it.” The teacher immediately readjusts the instruction based on student response. To hold students more accountable for their “truthfulness” the teacher can call on someone who signaled a thumb up to explain the concept to the class, or partner students who understand with those who don’t and let them teach each other for a few minutes. Colored Cups The teacher hands each student 3 cups; 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 green. As students work by themselves, the appropriate color of cup is displayed to show their comprehension of the lesson. A green cup suggests, “I am no difficulty and working okay.” A yellow cup shows, “I still have some questions because I some of the tasks are difficult.” A red cup shows, “I am lost and I don’t know how to move forward.” The teacher goes around supporting and working with students who displayed red cups, or put them in small groups for cooperative learning. The teacher uses the same process for the yellow cup and a yellow cup could be paired with a green cup for support buddy tutoring. This same process can be used with colored cards or colored sticky notes in the absence of cups. Windshield Check The windshield analogy can be used have students self-assess their understanding of a concept just during lesson. Students will decide which of the following best describes what their understanding of the concept: CLEAR = I get it! This concept is very clear to me.
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BUGGY = I understand most of it, but a few things still need clarifications. MUDDY = I need help because I don’t understand it at all. The teacher discovers if there are major or minor misunderstandings, and readjusts lesson to clarify areas that were unclear before moving ahead.

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