My students look at me with blank stares and crickets sing.
Oh my popsicles! Did anyone get anything from this lesson?
“Okay... let’s try this again. Can anyone tell me what we learned about today?”
Large pause... for the love of sweet watermelons!
Finally, eager beaver in the back lifts hand. “Fractions?”
“Why does that sound like a question?!”
Does this scene sound familiar? If it does, how do we fix it?
Tips and Suggestions...
1. Refer to that objective, often. Ask the kids to tell you what you are learning several times.
2. Write how you want something done step by step. (If a student gets lost, you can ask them what step he is on. But be aware that you will need to differentiate for your faster friends who may choose to solve a different way.)
3. At the end of the lesson don’t ask, “Do you have any questions?”
Instead, use this as an exit ticket and say, “What questions do you STILL have?”
Using this, you will know who gets what and where to differentiate the next day.