Starting your lesson with a Do Now: you may be missing the point

● To settle the class (behaviour)

● To provide retrieval practice (memory)

● To gather information about student knowledge over time (assessment)

● To really see what students have written, you need to circulate extensively, something which is often sacrificed to the register and other start-of-lesson admin.

● In review, you can verbally ask a student what they wrote, but that only gives you one piece of information

● You can always say things like “hands up if you agree” or “hands up if you got it right” but those strategies rely quite heavily on students being genuinely honest and rigorous with their assessment

● The best thing to do would be to use mini-whiteboards, but that would totally kill the “settler” element of the Do Now

● I use my Do Now to give my students retrieval practice in class

● I use Carousel to give my students retrieval practice at home, and use the Do Now to check they are doing it properly

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