As part of the Teacher Training Programme run by Lottie Hendey, we were asked to ‘Dr Ice’ a classroom technique that we use. I decided to choose the most basic of techniques to see if it could be improved. I often do quick quizzes with my classes at the beginning or end of a lesson, to assess understanding. I shifted around the D,R,I,C,E sections here so that it is hopefully clear what I have done!
Engaging in learning – make questions progressively more difficult, but be explicit about what the grade / level of the questions is – will help students to understand the relevance of the learning, and also…
Challenge expectations – as this should build confidence with students who may have low expectations of themselves, but are now able to answer them.
Deepening thinking – finish quizzes with more abstract idea, eg one that is an application of understanding to a new situation. Allow students to confer with each other. Best if this is open-ended, with several different solutions / possibilities…
Role modelling learning processes – don’t lose the opportunity to explain to students why you chose to include a quiz in today’s lesson. Why this could be something that they set up for each other or themselves during revision work.
Impact – perhaps with older students, you could get them to create a quiz following the above guidelines as a h/w eg during revision time so that they can see the benefits? Could rate the quizzes to try to maximise impact?
Key realisation: plan your quiz carefully rather than an off-the cuff approach!
Feel free to ask me for examples! Charlie