Strategy:

Consensogram

   

Explanation:

A Consensogram is a tool used to identify a knowledge level or opinion that a student has on a topic. It is a way to quickly measure readiness levels of students based on studentís own self-evaluation.
   

When to use

this strategy:

When you want to know how comfortable students are with a topic.

When you want to survey and compare opinions.

To gain insight into how much children know about a topic before or after learning new material.

   

Ideas:

Use a Consensogram to discuss knowledge level about a nonfiction book before and after students read the book.

Use a Consensogram to see how comfortable children are with reducing fractions.

Use a Consensogram to rate the support students have for the president.

   

What does

it look like?

Click here to see a template for a Consensogram.
   

How to use

this strategy:

Ask students to rate themselves on a scale of 1 to 10 on the topic of discussion. A 1 means "I know nothing about this topic" and a 10 means "I can teach the class about this topic." Allow students to place a marker on the chart as to where their comfort level is. After the lesson, allow students to revisit the Consensogram and rate themselves again. This is an easy way for the teacher to see if more instruction is needed.