10 reasons why you should use quizzes with children

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How may of those quizzes that pop up on Facebook you have done recently? They can get addictive. When many of us were young we loved those quizzes in our favourite weekly magazines that would tot up whether you were a ‘mostly A’s/B’s/Cs’ type.  Now we can quiz until our hearts content online – there is always one we haven’t done yet.

Even as adults we love a quiz. It’s like a mini mystery to solve while we grab a cup of tea at breaktime – how much am I like this?, how much do I know about that?, what will my score be? So how can we apply this enjoyment to the classroom.  What makes a quiz a good classroom tool? Here are 5 little reasons for your 5 minute tea break that might get you thinking about using quizzes in your classroom:

 

Quizzes are fun

Simple as that – they are just fun and we all know that if learning is fun, we learn better. Quizzes for us can be a few minutes of relaxation from our hours of marking so, if we enjoy it why, wouldn’t the kids we teach welcome a little bit of relaxing fun whilst working?

 

Quizzes raise confidence

Well targeted, tailor made quizzes where pupils can challenge themselves but are able to succeed can have a great boost to their self esteem and confidence. An individual quiz takes off the pressure that a ‘test’ can bring and enables children to privately make mistakes.   Even if used in teams or pairs, the nature of a quiz being fun can also help those children less confident to make mistakes, especially if the quiz allows them to think again.

 

Quizzes can aid planning identify progress

Whether the quiz is a pre-topic assessment or at a midway point, they can really help you see what pupils already know or have learnt and therefore they can inform your next steps planning on an individual basis. They are also a great way to reinforce learning for pupils throughout a unit of work.

 

Quizzes can aid individualised learning

Quizzes are easy to differentiate whilst enabling all children to participate in the same task. The same look to the task and the activity/instructions but with different questions is not only a subtle form of differentiation but can help you to provide just the right level of challenge and pin point how to support each pupil to reach their full potential.

 

Quizzes are great for plenaries

A quiz or poll at the end of a lesson is a good way to gain a quick overview of who needs help and where you could challenge pupils further. Having a standard set of meta-cognitive and evaluative questions online that pupils can access via an ipad or computer in any lesson makes this time efficinet in preparation for the teacher too, plus children will get into the habit of reflecting on their learning independently.

 

Quizzes are great for end of topic assessments

A quiz at the end of a lesson or a unit of work is a entertaining way to find out how much pupil’s have learnt and can inform any further follow up needed.  , without the need for the stress that a more formal test can bring many children.

 

Quizzes are good for revision

Pre-test quizzes can help pupil’a revise without them hardly realising they are doing it.  A quiz is a good way for a pupil to identify and  take ownership of their knowledge gaps and a great way to help them to plug the gaps to boost their confidence when it come to formal testing.

 

Quizzes can help tracking

Keeping a record of pupils scores and responses provide evidence of both the fact that the teacher is regularly assessing and feeding back to students and also can help a teacher monitor and track progress.

 

Quizzes encourage pupils self awareness of progress and self assessment

By taking quizzes pupils get instant feedback on their responses which can support them to identify areas they need to develop themselves and highlight progress for them to be proud of. This in turn can support a growth mindset and foster the attitude to life-long learning that you aim to give your pupils.

 

Quizzes can help teachers have rich feedback dialogue with pupils

If always used simply as a pass/fail or score out of x method, although helpful and appropriate at times, quizzes could just become another test format.  By evaluating the pupils’ answers we as teachers can gain a deeper awareness of their understanding (or misunderstandings) and then provide richer feedback to our pupils to challenge and extend their thinking.

 

So, before, during or after– quizzes can help at every stage of a unit of work in school. They can support differentiation and be used to provide pre-teaching indicators, assessment for learning, rich feedback, self assessment and summative information about progress. They are also a great way to help with revision and are a fun tool to help enthuse the children to engage in their learning.

 

If you would like a demonstration of OneSite and how it can bring quizzes and polls to your classroom, contact Lisa Savage at lisa.savage@promoteyourschool.co.uk or call on 0207 404 3400.