An important aspect of teaching is finding out what the kids know about the topic you are teaching.
I’m going to suggest there are two broad approaches to this, with one being far better than the other.
The two approaches are
1. An open question followed by a think, pair, share activity; and
2. A closed multiple choice question (MCQ) which the students think about and answer by themselves.
I think the second option is better.
Before I explain why, I want to talk briefly about the curriculum and what we can reasonably expect students to know.
I would never ask either a closed or open question to students on a topic that I would not expect them to know already. My reasons for this align with this blog by Kris Boulton. I decide what they would reasonably know already based on the curriculum; either what I have already…
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