Happy Tuesday, all! If you read my other blog, bethanypetty.com (thanks!) you know that I am currently rocking a walking boot and a super-swollen ankle with a second-degree sprain … BOOOOO. As someone who enjoys working out and running on a daily basis, this injury is giving me a tough lesson in patience, which some would argue, is not a virtue I possess! However, not being able to workout 30-45 minutes every day has freed up time in my schedule to do other things I enjoy, like writing! (Hence the two posts in as many days!) I’ve reflected on my previous experience with asking students for feedback in the classroom, but today I’m sharing a quick rundown of formative assessment in my in-class flipped classroom.
When students enter the classroom, our daily learning targets and learning tasks are displayed on a Google Slides presentation on the projector – this slides presentation is also shared as a “material” on Google Classroom for students who are absent. Our learning target today related to understanding the powers and responsibilities of the three branches of government. Their first learning task involved actively viewing an instructional video via Edpuzzle, and answering formative assessment questions to deepen their understanding and form a good foundation for discussion, application, and building knowledge. I provided one on one feedback to my students and additional explanations and support to those who were struggling.
*We use a Google timer to keep us on pace*
When our instructional time was up, we moved on to a Quizizz game focused on the content of the video – these questions ranged from a few recall questions to deeper, application questions. Based on the class score, we spent the next few minutes reviewing/reteaching concepts that were tricky, then we played the game again. (We have class competitions with the Quizizz games with classes playing each game twice. The winning class gets 50 Bonus XP! — Check out Chapter 8 of Illuminate: Technology Enhanced Learning for an explanation of our XP system!)
As we neared the end of our 48 minute class period – part of the beauty of my flipped classroom is that we can spend more time on specific pieces of content based on what my students need – I needed a quick exit ticket-like activity that would help students review their own content knowledge and provide me with information that can guide instruction tomorrow. I opened up a new tab on my browser, typed in form.new and added two questions: 1. your name/gamer tag and 2. what concepts should we review/reteach or need extra practice on tomorrow? Some students asked, “what do I put if I’m good?” I said, “just put, ‘it’s all good, Petty Wap!” The feedback was AWESOME! Students asked for more practice on content from the video, but also information from previous units. So … tomorrow, we’re spiraling some previous content before we move on. Excellent feedback to end our class period today!
What’s your favorite way to quickly gather feedback to drive instruction?