What are Constructed Response prompts? How do you use them?
Constructed Response prompts allow teachers to assess pupil understanding of a given concept at a higher depth of knowledge than traditional question formats like multiple choice and fill in the blank. Freckle currently offers 3 different constructed response prompts for every objective in domains covered throughout middle years and Algebra. Each constructed response prompt falls into one of the following categories:
- Conceptual: Conceptual constructed response prompts are designed to get at the heart of the concept being assessed in whichever format best fits.
- Visual: Visual constructed response prompts are designed to help pupils visualise the concept being assessed.
- Situational: Situational constructed response prompts are designed to place pupils in a real-world situation where they may encounter the concept being assessed.
These constructed response prompts have myriad uses in the classroom, including:
- Test prep—The prompts mirror constructed response prompts found on national testing.
- Groupwork—The prompts are a great way to foster collaboration as pupils work together on more difficult problems.
- Do Now—Many teachers elect to use the prompts as a review of previously covered material when pupils walk in and get settled for class.
- Exit Tickets—These prompts are a great way to determine whether your pupils truly understood the material. The nature of the prompts prevents pupils from being able to guess or narrow down answer choices.
In order to use the constructed response prompts in your classroom, follow the steps below:
- Log into your teacher home at classroom.freckle.com.
- Select Maths under the "Subjects" heading.
- Select Maths Content in the drop-down list.
- Scroll down to the "Teacher-Led Resources" section.
- In the "Constructed Response" row, select Generate.
- Browse the prompts by objective until you find the prompt that works best for your needs.
- Print a copy for each pupil and let them give it a try!