The principal walks in for an unannounced observation. You know that every post-evaluation conference brings up the topic of "how do you know that your students are learning what you're teaching?" We just know! Right? We teachers just know! I can tell you which students are engaged, which students understand the content, which students are copying off their neighbor, which students just nod their heads pretending to understand...we just know! We know because we are with them every single day. We are apart of the process. But, when the principal is in the room, they want to see the evidence. They really mean to ask, "How do I, the principal, know that the students are learning?"
My lessons are very fast-paced. I like to plan about four to five different things each day. During my planning process, I try to think of ways where the students can compete. I'm a very competitive person. How do the principals know that students are learning in my classroom on those observation days? We play games. I love using "assessment games" in my lesson plans. My students know them as "Rapid Fire, "First to Stand", or "Whoop Whoop". They are all three quick little games that students participate in from week one of the school year. They become "trained" on how to transition to and from these games early on so I can use them any time I need to throughout the year.
The games can be changed easily so they can be used for any topic. Today, I'm introducing an Acids and Bases "Whoop Whoop" game. It's very simple to play and students love it. I divide my students into groups of four. I put all the playing cards into a cup and give each group their own cup. Students take turns answering questions. This is a great review! Click on the picture below to see the whole activity or click HERE.