A large number and wide variety of engaging strategies can be used by teachers in the classroom to check for understanding. Most of these methods are enjoyable or even fun. Many of them are relatively new techniques -- adopted since 2000.
Fist to Five/ Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down/
Students communicate their level of understanding to teacher using their fingers.
4‐3‐2‐1 Scoring Scale
A posted scale that can be used either as a quick check with hand or a numerical value
for students to self‐assess on a written assignment.
Students should get in groups of four where one student is A, the next is B, etc. Each student will be asked to reflect on a concept and draw a visual of his/her interpretation.
Then they will share their answer with each other in a zigzag pattern within their group.
The capacity matrix is a charting technique used to break down topic areas into steps for achieving a specific result. It identifies
tasks, knowledge levels, and understanding of the topic area.
Circle, Triangle, Square
(Circle) Something that is still going around in your head (Triangle) Something pointed that stood out in your mind (Square) Something that “Squared”
or agreed with your thinking.
Clickers Electronic surveying devices that give instant feedback and data.
Given a prompt, class goes to the side that corresponds to their opinion on the topic,
side share out reasoning, and students are allowed to change sides after discussion.
Each student will be given a ticket to complete before leaving the room answering: What is the most important thing I learned today?
What questions do I still have? These tickets can be given to the teacher when exiting the room or upon entering the next day. The teacher uses this information to guide the instruction.
Every Pupil Response
Each student receives
a pink and yellow card. Each color represents a specific response. Students raise the card to provide the correct response to a teacher directed question.
Given a concept, students sort or write various examples/non‐examples.
Given examples/non‐examples, students determine concept.
Fill In Your Thoughts
Written check for understanding strategy where students fill the blank. (Another term for rate of change is ____ or ____.)
Students use this strategy to help them remember information that is important to them. They will “flag” their ideas on a sticky note or flag die cut.
Students demonstrate their knowledge of transformations
of functions by physically moving their arms and body.
Give One, Get One
Cooperative activity where the students write response to a prompt, meet up with another student and share ideas so that each leaves with something to add to
Handprint (5 things you learned today): Draw your handprint. In each finger, write one thing you learned today.
A kinesthetic activity where students in the class physically move to create a histogram, where
each student represents a data point rating their view Interlocking Paper Plates. Two color plates used for students to provide feedback to teacher by sliding the two color sections to show level of understanding.
form an inner and outer circle facing a partner. The teacher asks a question and the students are given time to respond to their partner. Next, the inner circle rotates one person to the left. The teacher asks another question and the cycle