Reflections on a lesson that didn’t work

There’s a lovely section in Donald Finkel’s book, Teaching with Your Mouth Shut, where he describes a high school literature class discussing Homer’s Iliad. The students generate their own questions about the reading — like, is Homer for or against war? — and learn from each other in a rich discussion, drawing on passages from…

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Exit slips: Just the first step

Using formative assessment to check student understanding may be one of the best new ideas in education, but are we doing it right? When I first learned I was expected to use “checks for understanding,” I was skeptical. I was certain my students understood what I was explaining, and I didn’t want to burden them…

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