Classroom example: pose, pause, pounce, bounce
- First, pose a pre-planned scenario or a question for students to think about.
- Pause – allow students time to think before answering. The trick is not to let the silence bother you, and to wait long enough for students to consider their answer.
- Pounce – choose one student at random to answer (reminding students of no hands-up if needed). There are several methods you could use to choose the student, such as picking names out of a hat, names on lolly sticks or random name generators.
- Bounce – When the student has given an answer, resist the temptation to comment yourself! Instead, bounce the idea straight to another student to comment on or add to. If you want, you can keep bouncing the response around the class allowing more students to add their response.
Note: Tom originally used this YouTube video in his lesson, but due to copyright reasons we substituted the clip for an equivalent demonstration in the video above.
CommentA learning environmentEarlier in the course we introduced the idea of a formative classroom environment that enables students to share wrong answers and welcomes discussion of answers, rather than judgement.Consider the two methods ‘think, pair, share’ and ‘pose, pause, pounce and bounce’. In your view, does the effective use of these approaches develop a formative classroom environment, or is dependent upon a formative classroom environment being in place?
Planning for Learning: Formative Assessment
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