4 Corners is a strategy that become popular with differentiation to find out students prior knowledge about a topic. However, I like to use it to review.
- First, you label the four corners of your room. With review, I use multiple choice options a, b, c, d.
- Second, you ask the students a question and give corresponding answers.
- Third, students move to the corner that represents an answer that they think is correct.
I always make the students explain the answer to reinforce what they're learning. For your students who are struggling, they get to practice but if they don't know an answer, they can just follow the group and listen for the explanation. By doing this activity, all students are involved and it really reaches your kinesthetic kids.
To use it to assess your students' prior knowledge you can ask students for their comfort on a specific topic and they move to the corner that corresponds. You can use it as a post-assessment by doing the same thing. You can also use it to have students pick how they will show their learning (write a report, act out a play, etc). Basically, you can use it any way to have students make a choice. I'd love to hear some other ways you use this strategy in your classroom. Thanks again Corinna for this opportunity!