M-7 Acquire and Demonstrate Knowledge

Students demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of assessment tools and instructional strategies to ensure student understanding.

What does this look like in our schools and classrooms?

  • Use entry and exit tickets to gauge student understanding of lessons
  • Track student participation and response to questions using popsicle sticks, seating charts, or other methods
  • Use "Student Talk" time during PLCs to investigate how well students are learning material
  • Review student work with fellow teachers to ensure grading consistency, identify problem areas, and judge how well students are understanding the concepts
  • Use Interactive Notebooks to help students engage with content
  • Use formative assessments, checks for understanding, and frequent class discussion
  • Provide opportunities for application of content and learning through projects
  • Create and display anchor charts
  • Allow opportunities for other methods to demonstrate knowledge versus simply using tests
  • Provide hands-on learning activities that allow students to manipulative and see cause-effect relationships
  • Incorporate Project-Based Learning such as service learning, genius hour, Gateway projects and inquiry
  • Use assessment choice boards to incorporate different ways to show knowledge
  • Use discussion forums and backchannels to allow for student discussion and questioning

Exemplar Lessons & Strategies

How Can Technology Support this M-Powerment Strategy?

Google Forms
Surveys and Quizzes

  • Use for warm-ups and exit tickets with the Quiz function to self-grade
  • Survey students on their current understanding of content
Quiz game program played live or done for homework
  • Use to check for understanding after a lesson
  • Introduce new content with flipped lessons to determine baseline for learning

Today's Meet
Live-time discussion board with archive summaries
  • Use as a backchannel during direct instruction to collect questions
  • Use during class discussion or Socratic Seminars to give all students a voice

For Future Reading, Exploration, & Learning

Educational Articles

Check out these additional research-based articles and books related to this M-Powerment Strategy. 

 https://sites.google.com/a/mgsd.k12.nc.us/mgsd-big-refresh/system/app/pages/search?scope=search-site&q=M-1Self-Paced PD

To explore more about this strategy, check out some of the sessions that have been offered at previous Summer Institutes related to this strategy. Each one contains lots of strategies you can implement and resources you can use to improve your practice.

Instructional Coach-Created Resources

Newsletters and contests created by our Instructional Coaches and School Library Media Coordinators have lots of resources and ideas you can implement. Here are a few that relate to this strategy.