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April 19, 2023

Using a Checklist to Assess Discussions

Checklists are a great way to assess skills during group discussions. During the conversation, teachers can use a checklist to note which students provide new ideas or claims, add additional evidence or related claims, and ask follow-up or elaboration questions. Not only is this a great way to track student discussion skills, it allows teachers an opportunity to offer more support to students who do not readily participate. These students can be provided with designated roles or special opportunities for discussion to encourage growth. Consider creating a checklist to use the next time your students engage in class conversations.

Reflection Question:
How could you adapt this checklist for use in your own classroom?

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