Great teachers are always looking for ways to gauge their teaching in terms of what they can do better or gaining a better understanding of what students need. This instructional strategy provides teachers with this information.
Step 1: Introduce the topic that students will be learning about.
Step 2: Tell students to write three things they expect to learn about this topic. Refer to this as their “expectations sheet.” (Students will set this aside.)
Step 3: After the lesson, have the students get their expectations sheet out and rate each of the three expectations on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest) on how the lesson matched their expectations.
Step 4: Complete a synthesis activity such as a partner share, a low-stakes writing reflection, or a parking lot where students post on sticky notes expectations that were not met.
Step 5: Use this information to reflect on instruction and design learning opportunities for the next day to address student learning needs.