“I learned that health was a lot of things, not just physical health…” – Emi, Grade 6
Health, what is it now?
Students in my Grade 6 Health class at Graded School were asked to reflect on the following questions at the end of our unit and to make new connections to our enduring understanding for health:
Now that we’ve come to the end of our unit on health, I wonder…
- What does being healthy now mean to you?
- How can you now motivate others to make health choices in their lives?
- How are taking risks and being open-minded fundamental in developing our understanding of health literacy?
- Health is a complex system with many moving parts and every choice we make impacts our physical, mental and social well-being
I wonder, in what ways could we measure our student’s growth in understanding? How could we make this process visible?
Showing student growth in understanding
Silvana Meneghini, Teaching and Learning Coach at Graded School, blogged about the use of visible thinking routines to demonstrate student growth. In her blog post, she describes how I used the thinking routine, CSI (colour-symbol-image), to first unpack students’ prior knowledge of health, and then again at the end of our unit to show what deeper connections students could make.
Link to Ms. Arcenas’ Physical Education Hub – Grade 6 Health
CSI – Pre and Post
Take a look at Emi’s first and then final CSI. I wonder, what change in thinking do you see?
Health CSI Pre-Assessment – image taken courtesy of Silvana Meneghini
Health CSI Summative Assessment – image taken courtesy of Silvana Meneghini
A tool for synthesizing student understanding
Using the CSI thinking routine
allows students to be creative with their thinking. It encourages students to connect their ideas from reading, watching or listening to non-verbal cues. Comprehension of the information is therefore enhanced through students’ personal connection to a colour, symbol and image. The power of this thinking routine can be seen if used first to gauge students’ prior knowledge of a concept, and then again after delving deeper into it. In doing so, students are able to synthesize their new understanding in more meaningful and innovative ways.
Lupe’s Health CSI Pre-Assessment
Lupe’s Health CSI Summative Assessment
In what ways could you use this thinking routine to enhance comprehension and synthesis in your classroom?