Getting our students to do well on tests is just half the battle. In fact, it may really be just the start. After all, what is an “A” in test knowledge worth if you can’t do anything with it?
You may know how to ride a bike, but if you never practice applying that knowledge, what’s the point? The same holds true for knowing how to play a sport, a musical instrument, knowing how to exercise but never doing it. All that knowledge doesn’t mean much in the real world and to our lives in any real way if we aren’t able to do anything with it.
Knowledge isn’t power. It’s potential power. We have to let them practice flipping their power switches on! The ability to use knowledge is power!
So what if we helped students not just do well on tests, but do well because they could use their knowledge to prove answers correct by citing evidence, developing logical arguments, and critiquing their own answers?
I have found that it is this type of deeper and more rigorous thinking that allows for this to happen. Where do we begin? *We begin at the beginning; being able to identify the key words in the questions, and figuring out just what the heck it’s asking us to know or be able to find out.
To make this lesson more interesting I used the hugely popular show out of the UK, Doctor Who.
Thank you and enjoy,
Adam and The School of Athens Mind Adventures