Monday, April 16, 2012

Summarize your thinking....

We know how important it is to summarize your thinking every 10 minutes in a lesson.  You have heard about 10-2 haven't you?  For every 10 minutes of instruction, you need to allow the kids 2 minutes to process the information by sharing with a friend, writing or drawing in a notebook or summarizing their thinking verbally. 

This week I will share some of my favorites...Do you use Graffiti Walls?
Grafitti walls can be used in several ways.  Sometimes I create several charts with headings within the topic of study.  For example, when learning about Magnetism and Electricity I could create individual charts that say Famous Scientists, Circuits, Electromagnets, Magnets.  The students would travel from poster to poster adding new information with a word, phrase or picture.  This method is great if you have a group that needs to move - because they have ample opportunity to move with a purpose!

Another way to summarize thinking is to create their own grafitti walls.  Sometimes you have a very visual groups that loves to color!  If so, this is a great way to get a formative assessment prior to an end of unit test.  This way you can catch any misconceptions and correct them before it is too late.

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