Do they understand this well enough to move on? Introducing hinge questions

What are Hinge Questions?

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What happens when you use hinge questions to check student understanding?
What is a hinge question?
A check for understanding at a ‘hinge-point’ in a lesson, so-called because of two inter-linked meanings:
1) It is the point where you move from one key idea/activity/point on to another.
2) Understanding the content before the hinge is a prerequisite for the next chunk of learning.
RationaleThis is a brief item of formative assessment which enables the teacher to know whether it is appropriate to move on, to briefly recap, or completely reteach, a concept before moving on – what Dylan Wiliam calls the most important decision a teacher has to make on a regular basis.  If you get this wrong and some students have not understood, then the next activity may well fail for many students – because the concepts build one on another.  if you get this wrong and reteach…

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