The Pen of Power – a starter that checks understanding of learning objectives

This little starter with minimal preparation was taken from Claire Gadsby’s recent book, Perfect Assessment for Learning. I presented this at a couple of recent workshops called Signposting Progress as well as had excellent feedback on this strategy by my friend @kelliano35 who is a Head of Art at a Bedfordshire school. The Pen of Power starter is as follows –

Begin by giving a randomly selected student to use ‘the pen of power’ to highlight key words within the objective presented on the board and to explain their choices. This encourages the student to talk about the objective and annotating it to show their understanding.

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