Just in Time For Midterms
In most systems, student understanding is monitored through the implementation of pretests, midterms or interims, and finals. Some systems apply a bit of pressure upon teachers to meet an arbitrary deadline to have taught a certain set of standards. Others use it to monitor growth of understanding.
Whatever pressures applied within your system, I’m sure you could use some great review activities. This post provides a kinesthetic review requiring students to take ownership of their claims. In the Human Bingo Review Activity, Eric Biederbeck explains how students complete a bingo board by having classmates and the teacher sign off indicating they know the answers to given problems. In order for anyone to win bingo, everyone who signed the problems in the row identified must prove they actually know the correct answer. Perfect for those middle schoolers who like to try and beat the system.
Another activity which is great for the class that is talkative and needs movement for engagement is discussed in this post. With this adaptable matching game, students solve multiple problems and they must find someone in the class who has the same answer as them.
If these activities do not fit your teaching style, take a moment to watch the GMD professional learning session as outlined in this post. "Review Activities That Don’t Suck” is worth the time of preparing your students for midterms and for finals.
Written by Jenise Sexton (@MrsJeniseSexton)