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Using diagnostic tools in the classroom: primary

Primary examples with use of both teacher- and student-generated questions.

Here we meet Micaela, Jane B, Gemma & Tom and see them using different diagnostic activities. Although these examples are from primary classrooms it is important to realise that they could be also be applied in any context.

We see:

  • Micaela using visual stimuli (0:38), talk partners (1:05, 1:50) and questions (1:19) during carpet time with a Year 1 class (5 year olds)
  • Jane B using questioning (2:29) and talk partners (3:03) with a Year 2 class (6 and 7 year olds)
  • Gemma and Tom collecting questions asked by children during the learning (5:12) with a Year 5 class (9 and 10 year olds)


Using ONE of the examples in the video, how did the activity help the teacher to identify what to do next?
How could you use this approach in your own context for a topic you have coming up soon?
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