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Stop Saying "Do You Understand?"

  1. Strategy Overview
    Strategy Source
    Doug Lemov

    What is this strategy about?
    Stop asking rhetorical questions as these are particularly unreliable for insights into pupil understanding. Instead, use more objective forms of questioning to monitor their understanding.

    What are objective questions?
    Objective questions can test knowledge and understanding as they usually only have one potential correct answer.

    How do I put this into place in my classroom?
    This strategy needs to be done every single time you deliver instruction for a task to the class.

    Click here to find out why you Break Down Answers until students get it right. 
  2. Choose this strategy if you want to...
    - Get accurate data on what your pupils do and don’t understand
    - Ask better questions
    - Improve the engagement and focus of your pupils

    Read a case study of how a teacher put this strategy into place, and see the impact it had on their pupils.

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