I was teaching math today and had an Ah Ha (why didn't I think of this sooner) moment. I'm sure many of you already do this, but maybe there is someone out there like me.
My problem: How to give extra instruction to those kids who need it without boring the other kids to death? I needed a way to determine who isn't "getting it" before the quiz or test.
My solution: After teaching the main math lesson with the kids on the floor, I did review or practice problems on the smartboard. If the student answered the problem correctly, I had them pick up their independent practice worksheet and return to their desk to begin work. If the student couldn't answer the problem, I had them stay on the floor with me and wait for another turn. (Little did they know they were listening and learning while they waited.) At the end, I had a hand-full of students who still weren't getting it with me on the floor. I was able to try another approach with this group while the others were working on their own at their seats.
I don't know why I haven't been doing this sooner. This quick, informal assessment really helped drive my instruction and I got immediate results. I didn't have to grade it, enter it in a grade book or graph it!
I love to do "ticket out the door" quick checks. I keep various stacks flash cards by the door or ask a question about a lesson I have just taught. This information I get is great, but we are on the way out the door so I don't have time to continue the lesson with those who need it.
Have you had any Ah Ha teaching moments lately?