How do you know they know?

As a teacher, it is essential to keep the "big ideas" and "essential questions" in the back of your head as you teach the material pertaining to the course. With keeping those in the back of your mind, everything you teach will be based upon those ideas and students will have several different units under their belt to relate to the major ideas set in the beginning of the school year. 

A way to test whether or not the students understand the big ideas and can answer the essential questions is by devoting a powerpoint at the end of the curriculum to focus on them. Get the class engaged and encourage them to participate in answering questions and sharing their ideas and what they got from the course. Maybe, even make a game out of the powerpoint and reward students with candy or snacks if they answered correctly or participated. This not only encourages students to involve themselves in the activity but it also grabs their interests further and encourages them to enjoy what they are learning about. 

Everyone hates exams so I think this would be a fun way to see whether or not your students understand the essential bits of the curriculum. The questions and ideas shouldn't even appear hard to students if the teacher did his or her job correctly by putting emphasis on these ideas and connecting them to each chapter as the year went on. 

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito


      You are making some good points here.

      I look forward to seeing how these ideas play out in the unit you are going to design.

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