Thursday, January 15, 2015

You Do Before They Do

When you assign tasks, how often do you actually work through them prior to implementation?

If this isn't a common practice of yours I encourage you to begin doing so. Actually doing the tasks yourself provides insight to the misconceptions that may arise, background knowledge required, if the task addresses the standard in the manner you intended and gives guidance as to what mini lesson to teach. 

Common misconceptions are listed within the GA framework tasks, but as they're label says, they are common. Who knows your students better than you?  Walking in their shoes will be a better indicator of where they may struggle. From this you can create guiding questions to ask as students are engaging in the task. You can also create scaffolding questions or activities for the students you predict will need it. 

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