This post is a further exploration of the “How do we re-teach something?” question raised in a previous post.
Suppose, for whatever reason, you (the teacher) realize your students didn’t understand something you have already ‘covered’. What should you do?
- Ignore it and conclude that those people don’t deserve to be here if they didn’t get it the first time. to my mind, this is NOT acceptable, but I know more than a few people who do it.
- Repeat yourself. – not as effective as we’d like, but does sometimes work.
- Draw pictures.
- Enlist help from class members who do get it.
- Have them explain what they DO know – maybe there is a simple misunderstanding early on that messes up what comes after.
The LAST thing you should do is conclude they just aren’t smart or motivated enough to get it.
ALWAYS start off assuming that they didn’t get it because YOU didn’t present it in a way that worked for them.