Show your thumbs: a quick check for understanding

Submitted by Marcus Eads on

A quick way, I can check for understanding, is by having the students do thumbs up, thumbs down or sideways to a given student answer.

I will give a practice problem and after the students work it out, I will have student either verbally give the answer or write it on the board. Then I will ask class, if they agree with the answer. I will say on the count of three, give thumbs up if you got the same answer, give thumbs down if you got a different answer, and give thumb sidewise if you got stuck and did not finish the problem.

This gives a quick way to see, if I need to go over the problem again or work out more examples.

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Math 220
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Becky Baranowski Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:21pm

This is a "low tech" way of using clickers in the classroom.  Who says we need technology!  =)

Peter Turner Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:29pm

I use this also, Marcus. And sometimes I have students hold up fingers to signify level of agreement (1 finger = disagree, 2 fingers = some agreement, etc.)