Being able to receive real-time evidence of learning is critical to keeping students moving towards the lesson’s objective.
From comprehension checking come a virtual cornucopia of benefits for both the teacher and learner.
Benefits of Checking for Student Comprehension
- Comprehension checks engage students.
- Checking for comprehension helps self monitoring.
- Students clarify their own inner criteria.
- Everyone receives feedback in real time.
- Comprehension checks keep students on task.
- The teacher can assess individual students & class.
- Repairing small issues quickly stunts their growth.
Some of the reasons teachers may shy away from comprehension checks have to do with how they may be perceived. The bulk of these perceptions can be summarized with the following teacher comments on why they do not do a lot of comprehension checks in their classrooms:
Misconceptions & Comprehension Checks
- It takes too much time.
- I don’t want to single anyone out.
- I do it already at the end of the lesson.
- My students’ level is too low for this to work.