Give students a couple of minutes at the end of a lesson to prepare a one word response to questions about the lesson. In group work, questions such as ‘Who generated the most effective ideas today’ will allow you to visually assess who has met the criteria by asking for hands up. In other classroom settings, ‘What was the biggest problem you faced in today’s learning’ and ‘What are you hoping to learn about next lesson’ work well. The one word limit encourages students to be concise in their thinking and will help you keep to time at the end of a lesson (or rein in those students who like to waffle or digress in their answers!).

By Allyson Casby