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Teacher Planner Workbook: Module 6

Welcome to Day 6 of Plan It!

Lesson Planning Tip #5 

5 Quick Ways to Check for Understanding


1. Hand Signals - Hand signals can be used to indicate students’ understanding of content. Students can show anywhere from five fingers to signal maximum understanding to one finger to signal minimal understanding. This strategy requires engagement by all students and allows the teacher to check for understanding within a large group.

2. One Question Quiz - Ask a single focused question with a specific goal that can be answered within a minute or two. You can quickly scan the written responses to assess student understanding.

3. 3-2-1 - Students consider what they have learned by responding to the following prompt at the end of the lesson: 3) things they learned from your lesson; 2) things they want to know more about; and 1) questions they have. The prompt stimulates student reflection on the lesson and helps to process the learning.

4. Peer Instruction - An accurate way to check for understanding is to have one student try to teach another student what they learned. If the student can do that successfully, it’s clear they understood your lesson.

5. Exit Slip- Exit slips are written student responses to questions teachers pose at the end of a class or lesson. These quick, informal assessments enable teachers to quickly assess students' understanding of the material.

There are many ways in which your students can be assessed, both formally and informally. 
How will you assess your students? 

Let's get started. 

Task 1: Look back at your Backwards Design Plan that you created in Module 1. Use the information from your backwards plan and previous lesson plans to develop an outline for your fifth lesson. Below is a link to a lesson plan template to get you started. 

Daily Lesson Plan Template

Task 2: Now that you've completed your final lesson plan outline, it is time for you to turn you lesson outline into a detailed plan. 

Congratulations! You have completed Day  6. 


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