April 3rd- Check it O U T



I was drawn to the article “How do you know your students ‘Got it’?” by Starr Sackstein for my journal entry this week. I think it addresses one of the most fundamental questions a teacher can ask him or herself after a lesson: what did the students learn? (If anything at all). This is a question worth asking after every single class as a teacher. It is not only an effective way to check whether you met your own goals as a teacher, but also, how much students are learning. Sackstein addresses that although teachers most often feel confident that the their lesson plan was delivered as planned, they cannot guarantee that all the students learned what was intended for them to learn (Sackstein, 2015). Since all students learn at different rates and in different forms, this method can be very useful in distinguishing the types of learning that took place. This can be done through simple and quick activities at the end of class. Some of the ideas Sackstein brings up are exit slips, or reflection time at the end of class that allow for the discussion of personal learning experiences. This is of mutual benefit for both the teachers and the students. For the reasons that teachers get feedback on how students are learning and to determine which students have reached proficiency apart from the ones need guidance to reach proficiency of a task. Further, students can benefit from the task of reflective thinking about their learning. This in turn can allow them to determine what their overall strengths and weaknesses are. In addition, the act of reflective practice allows them to understand what steps they can further take to improve their learning. Altogether, the process of checking how much students learned after class is a beneficial activity for both teacher and student assessment.


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