Saturday, September 14, 2019

Using Wakelet for Checks for Understanding

Last week, while completely revising one of my workshops for a conference, I had a brainstorm about how to use to "empower" two strategies. These two strategies include two used as part of checking for understanding. You may recall I'm still working my way through Fisher and Frey's Checking for Understanding, so there's a lot more to learn and share.
Aquila Learning: 6 Checks for Understanding

One takeaway came to me from Language Magazine, and I quoted a longer piece of it in this discussion of TRTW strategy:
Students develop deep conceptual knowledge in a discipline only by using the habits of reading, writing, and thinking (McConachie et al., 2006; Schleppegrell, 2004). (Source: Language magazine)
I'm not certain when my new blog entry will appear (editors are reviewing it, etc), but here's the lead of that upcoming article.

Lead of My Submitted Blog Entry

Here's the lead of my blog entry (unedited and pending) that I submitted:
Ready to electrify your classroom with Wakelet empowered classroom discussions? Wakelet has many features that make it ideal for use in the classroom. And, since it’s free, teachers can embrace it to do more than use it as a backchannel, twitter chat archive tool, or choice board. Wouldn’t it be incredible to use Wakelet to deepen classroom discussion? You can in a simple way.Before we do that, though, let’s discuss why it’s important to hone our classroom discussion strategies.
You can see I've set up the blog entry for a deeper exploration of a top rated Hattie strategy, Classroom Discussion (effect size of .82). I also blend in two strategies that appears in my blog earlier this week, Think-Puzzle-Explore and Talk, Read, Talk, Write (TRTW).

A Wakelet Template for Check for Understanding

Be sure to check those out as you wait for this upcoming blog entry that models Wakelet as a tool to achieve these strategies in the classroom. In the meantime, here are some quick Wakelet templates you can copy and use.

Remember to use the Contributors link to share with your students. That way, they can add their responses. One of the great things about Wakelet is that your students don't need an account to use it if you set them up with the Contributors link.

How would you make this template better? Or what check for understanding would you design?

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