Whenever I teach a Maths or Grammar lesson I like the children to receive any corrective feedback there and then, rather than perhaps going and making a mistake repeatedly and not finding out about it until the next lesson.
To this end, I’ve been experimenting with different ways of giving the children the opportunity to self-check and correct their learning, but while still appreciating the fact that the children I teach are young and might want to just copy (no matter how often I tell them I don’t want them to and getting things right is fine etc etc!)
For a grammar lesson on choosing the right conjunction, I created three challenge sheets in this format:
Each sheet begins with binary choice questions before asking children to use conjunctions in sentences that they make up themselves. On the back of each sheet I put the answers to the first half of the questions upside down:
The idea was that the children could check the answers to the first half of their sheet without having to see me, and therefore have a chance to see if they were on the right track before proceeding on. They would be motivated not to simply copy the answers because there are still further questions they need to answer independently after self-checking.
This idea worked quite well, and, though a bit of a pain when making the sheets, is something I’m going to try again in subsequent lessons (I could always jot down some answers onto the back of a readymade worksheet before photocopying it to achieve the same result in other lessons).
Note: The examples I wrote are different on each challenge sheet, so if you wanted to give a child more practice before they tried writing their own sentences you could move them up from one sheet to the next easily.
Note: The differentiation is labelled: Base Camp (lower challenge), Hill Climber (middle challenge) and Mountaineer (most challenging), which is the terminology we use at my school. We also let the children self-select what level of challenge they want to take on in each lesson.