Checking Student Understanding

Checking student understanding during and at the conclusion of lessons

Regular checks for understanding are essential but don’t simply ask, “Are there any questions?”

You could have students write questions on a sticky note that they place on their desks, or you could have them use hand signals to demonstrate their level of comprehension. For example, you could ask them to use a thumbs up, to the side, or down motion to indicate their level of comprehension of a particular concept.

You can also try providing choice for how learners provide feedback by using a technique from expressive arts where you change modalities many times to deepen understanding.

For example:

  • Express your new understanding in Haiku form or in a three to five-line poem or song.
  • Draw a comic that represents your new understanding.
  • Tweet your new understanding using the course hashtag.
  • Write a short (one-paragraph) reflection about your new understanding.
  • Write a script for a short infomercial about the work you have done.
  • Choreograph and perform an interpretative dance about your process of learning. “Universally Designed Leadership; Applying UDL to Systems and Schools” by Katie Novak and Kristan Rodriguez, CAST, 2016.
  • Create a concept map showing how key ideas relate to each other.
  • Use materials, images or artifacts from class to create a descriptive collage.

You get the idea – the options are endless 🙂 Check out our Assessment Bank for more ideas on how to check for understanding during and at the end of lessons or check out the book Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers .

Reference

“Universally Designed Leadership; Applying UDL to Systems and Schools” by Katie Novak and Kristan Rodriguez, CAST, 2016.