Reflection: Accountability Sequences Gallery Walk (Day 2 of 2) - Section 3: Group Quiz: Gallery Walk Debrief

 

Last year, I wanted a little more from my students than what they gave me on their printed debrief handouts.  Actually, let me clarify that: I knew that in the time I gave them, my students were capable of showing me more about what they knew than they actually handed in.  It felt like an urgency thing.  After how hard they worked on the Gallery Walk itself, students just didn't feel like it was important to get this debrief done.  For me, on the other hand, this debrief - and what kids could tell me in a limited amount of time - was even more important than their Gallery Walk handouts.  I needed to know how quickly and confidently students could summarize their work, and whether or not they knew the vocabulary well enough to write new rules.  

So this year, I adapted a little.  Instead of printing the debrief as a worksheet, I created these Powerpoint slides: Sequences Gallery Walk Timed Debrief.  Each slide of this presentation matches what's on the handout, but now those questions will be displayed on the board one-at-a-time.  I've used the "Transitions" feature of Powerpoint to allow each slide to stay up for a specified amount of time (between 1 and 2.5 minutes) before transitioning automatically.  Additionally, the two applicable learning targets are provided, and I expect students to write these on their work, which better enables kids to think about what they're supposed to be learning and demonstrating knowledge of.  

It worked: kids took the debrief more seriously, and I received more information about what they know.  That, in turn, allows me to move forward by meeting them exactly where they're at.  

  Accountability: Building (Healthy) Urgency With a Timed Quiz
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Sequences Gallery Walk (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 8: Linear and Exponential Functions
Lesson 4 of 19

Objective: SWBAT distinguish between arithmetic and geometric sequences, and they'll be able to write explicit and recursive rules for each.

Big Idea: Today's work - finishing off the Gallery Walk and then debriefing it in groups - yields great evidence of what kids understand so far.

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