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Andrew Cumming

Interactive reviews

July 31st, 2019

A lot of the time, we can forget the most important part of the lesson: reflection.

This period is often found during the end of a lesson, once the main activity has been completed. However, due to time restraints, a review can sometimes be forgotten and the children are expected to move to the next task of the day.

This was something I struggled with when I used to teach third grade. Having to stick to the compulsory 55 minutes per lesson, which needed to include engaging starter activities and enough time for everyone to understand and complete the objective, meant that wrapping up the lesson wasn’t something that I could always plan for.

The great thing about Clicker is that we can utilize activity sets in several ways to create review opportunities. Lesson-appropriate activities only take a couple of minutes to plan and create, but enable children to reflect on what they have learned.

The first example of a great end to a lesson is a Talk Set. Sometimes, we can over rely on children physically writing their ideas on paper, rather than communicating with peers. Building a Talk Set allows children to share their ideas verbally, without you worrying about, “how will I show their progression if they haven’t put it on paper?”

What’s great about Talk Sets is that you can record ideas on the activity itself, so you don’t need to worry about losing them! Children can truly reflect and share ideas within their recordings, consolidating their understanding. This is a great way to wrap up a lesson.

Talk Set

The second example is a Connect Set. Although these are very useful for the main activities to support writing, using one at the end of a lesson would allow you to see if the children have understood the concepts covered, like adverbial phrases, keeping familiar themes, and expanding sentences. They could work in groups using whiteboards or even use an interactive whiteboard to create some sentences of their own.

You could even get your students to share some of their own ideas from the work they have completed in the lesson.

Connect Set

Thirdly, why not try creating a Labeling Custom Set where the children need to use their prior knowledge to correctly label each shape or image, almost turning the end of the lesson into a game!

This will keep them engaged all the way through to the end, preparing them for the following lesson as you can directly see which students have understood the objective you set.

Match Set

Reviews are an integral part of the lesson: they allow students to consolidate their understanding and reflect upon what they have learned. The reviews don’t have to be time consuming or overthought either; a simple labeling activity or recalling and recording the lesson’s content can be the difference between a child meeting the objective or not being able to retain future learning outcomes.

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