Hi, and welcome to today’s webinar. For those of you who are new, hello. My name’s Haylie and I’m the Education Consultant here at EducationCity, and for those of you who have listened before, welcome back.
So, today, we’re going to be looking at strategies to identify misconceptions and hopefully ways in which we can start addressing those misconceptions. Are we ready? Let’s get started.
Tip number one – open-ended questions
Open-ended questioning helps to evaluate students’ knowledge so they are ideal for assessing progress. They encourage students to think outside of the box and to share their thoughts. You could use this as a question on a one-to-one basis with pupils in small groups or even as a class.
EducationCity ThinkIts are ideal for this. They pose a question for the students to answer and encourage them to explain and justify their answers.
Tip number two – formative and summative assessments
Now we already do this in our daily lives as teachers. We assess every time that we look at a piece of work. Formative and summative assessments allow you to identify misconceptions and make informed decisions about whether to adjust your instruction. Obviously, assessments take time. You have to find them, you have to photocopy them, you have to print them, and then, once they’re completed, you have to mark them. But EducationCity has a range of formative and summative assessments to use for students. Plus, for all formative assessments, when students have completed their tests, they will be provided with an independent Revision Journal based upon the questions that they’ve gotten wrong. So the students can see their misconceptions as well, and try to work on those.
Tip number three – use variety
As we all know, children can learn in different ways, so variety can be key in enabling access for all learners. Choose a range of methods to teach with, such as things like projects or pair presentations where children can choose the format or the method that they use. Using different tools can transform understanding entirely. You could use EducationCity’s Topic Tools and videos for practice, and then activities on an individual basis to review misconceptions.
Tip number four – student interviews
Now I know what you’re thinking right now. At what point of the school day am I meant to fit this in? But even if it’s three children per day for two weeks, having that one-to-one time when you can talk to the child about their learning, about what they understand, about what they’re struggling with, and even addressing their well-being, can be an absolutely vital tool. You can have that honest discussion, but use it as a chat, and even get them to ask you questions about different things that are going on that week. You’d be amazed at how much students open up.
Tip number five – peer teaching
It’s well-known that children learn from each other without having to try. For example, you could have your whole class in a room full of skipping ropes, and as long as three of those students know how to skip, I guarantee by the end of the week, they all will. It can be ideal to identify misconceptions by asking your class to teach and learn from each other. Present them with a worksheet that they have to show their peers how to work out. Encourage them to be the teacher. Let’s be honest, we know children in our class who would absolutely love being the teacher for the day. EducationCity’s Learn Screens are great for this. Children can go through them with each other step-by-step, stage-by-stage, and talk about their learning.
Tip number six – exit tickets
These are ideal for assessing understanding and can be anything from explaining the meaning of a word to providing students with an incorrect answer and finding out what’s wrong. They’re great for pupils to show what they’ve learnt in those particular lessons and for you to see the methods or processes that children understand. Have a look at some of them that are attached to this webinar; they might be able to help.
For a bonus tip – data reporting
Don’t forget that on EducationCity, after an assessment is taken, you can view the reporting features straightaway. The Assessment Report lets you see which curriculum objective students are stronger in or have gaps in via a color-coded system, and you can go to this report and present these questions again to the class or individual students to see where they went wrong.
So, now you know each student’s misconceptions, how do you effectively support their needs? Join us in our next webinar when we’ll be discussing this further.
I hope today’s been useful. If you’ve got any questions, get in touch.