Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Power Of Students Summarizing in the Middle & the End

There is power in having students summarize in the middle and at the end of a lesson. Why? It helps the teacher see how many students really get what is being presented in the class.

Group work is great, but do you know if each student in the class understood the process and the goals to be achieved?

It's 15 minutes into a lesson. As a teacher you may be getting the feeling, do the students really understand the skills and the content. It is a perfect time to stop and take 1-2 minutes to have students indicate what they have processed so far in the lesson.

Click here to see the Reflective Journal handout as suggested by AVID.

Look at the first question in the handout. It is perfect to have students describe either the objective, the skill, or the path to be able to solve the problem or address the situation that is being presented.

Now here is the tough part - DON'T REPEAT THE STUDENT ANSWERS. Use the arrow of recitation or have students call on one of their peers to either repeat or add on the answer.

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