Ideas for determining students' prior knowledge

04/29/2014 | MiddleWeb

It is important for teachers to gauge students' prior knowledge before preparing for new instruction, author Barbara Blackburn writes in this commentary. Blackburn describes three techniques used by teachers to assess their students' knowledge of classroom concepts and content, including asking students to complete questionnaires. Afterward, they work in pairs to check their answers and participate in a classroom discussion to ensure understanding.

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