How to Check for Understanding in the Classroom: Strategies

Instructor: Derek Hughes
Checking for understanding is an important part of teaching that helps you determine whether your students are learning what they need to. This lesson will detail some strategies you can use to check for understanding in your classroom.

Checking for Understanding

As you move through the day teaching the various lessons and activities you have written, it is important to check for understanding. Checking for understanding is the process through which a teacher determines if students are learning and understanding the things being taught to them.

Checking for understanding is critical to the teaching process to help you determine whether you can move on or must spend more time on a certain topic. The strategies detailed in this lesson will help you check for understanding in your classroom and improve student learning.

Strategies to Check for Understanding

In order to ensure that your teaching is effective and that students in your classroom are learning, you are going to have to check for understanding at several points during your lessons. This can take many different forms and doesn't necessarily mean you have to stop your lessons. Whichever strategy you use, it's important to take the information you gain and use it to adjust your teaching.

1. The first strategy you can use to check for understanding is a simple question and answer method. While in the middle of teaching a lesson, stop for a few minutes to ask your students several questions about the material they are learning. If you find that many students are unable to answer your questions, you should adjust your instruction to ensure all students understand the information.

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