Tampa Prep had embarked this year on a total remaking of two floors of one of their buildings, to stand as a one-of-kind, tech-forward (middle school) environment of limitless learning opportunities, allowing equal access for all students to information.
by Stacey Ryan
After 17 years in the classroom, I’ve found a few tricks of the trade that allow me to assess students’ understanding in the moment and adjust my lessons on the fly. Here are my tech essentials for formatively assessing students while in small groups.
There’s a certain logic in that kind of thinking. Because we often think that turning up the volume, saying something loud enough, will enable everyone will hear us. But do students in a large classroom really understand every word a teacher is saying? I think, often, they do not.
The next time one of your students says ‘I didn’t hear you’, it’s likely the truth. Most of us have been in sessions where a presenter is difficult to hear. When I’m in that situation, I’ll strain to listen for a few minutes and slowly move into a passive listening mode, where I’ll check out the slides for bullet points. But eventually I’ll give up and start checking email or just doodle.
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