Doug LemovWhat is this strategy about?
Flip the classroom dynamic and ask pupils to actively show evidence of their understanding. Stop trying to get data from a passive group of pupils and get them to show you what they know.
Why should teachers check for student understanding?
An important part of teaching is continuously verifying that students are learning what is being taught. This allows teachers to determine whether the students are learning what they need to be and allows them to make any changes to the teaching style if necessary.
How can teachers ensure children understand what is being taught in class?
Use mini whiteboards during lessons and ask students to write down an answer and then show on cue. To ensure that students haven't copied each other, talk about the answers you see and ask students to explain their reason for choosing their answer. How do I put this into place in my classroom?
As this is an AfL strategy, do this during and/or after every activity within a lesson.Click here to explore our 'Are You Watching or Are you Tracking' strategy to check that your students really understand the content of what is being taught.