Prior Knowledge

As I  work through my final few assignments for the semester, I have noticed that one area of lesson planning that brings me to a standstill is ascertaining prior knowledge. I always struggle to think of fun, informative ways of discovering students prior knowledge that don’t stick out like a sore thumb when implimented in the lesson. Megan has the same issues however, in her blog post thqt I have linked, she discusses an image she found on the site Teacher Train which she uses to determine her student’s prior knowledge or schemata as the site refers to it. Some of these strategies include:

Draw what you know

Create a mindmap

Interview a classmate

Conduct a debate

Fill in the blanks


These are all fun and creative jdeas that I would not have thought of on my own, yet which I will continue to use in the future.


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