Fist-to-Five

Encourages pupils to determine how confident they feel that they’ve achieved what was expected by the end of a lesson.

This simple activity encourages pupils to determine how confident they feel that they’ve achieved what was expected by the end of a lesson or session. It might also be used by pupils as a means of expressing how confident they are that they know the response to a question which has just been posed by the teacher/facilitator. For the latter, this activity allows an instant assessment of how well a class or group may have grasped an issue or topic. See Thumb Tool for another activity which encourages pupils to think about their learning. After a session pupils are asked how confi dent they are that they have met the objectives. One of three hand gestures might be used: Full hand up with all fingers and thumb if they are very confi dent that they have achieved the objectives and what was expected; Three fingers if they feel that they have had partial success in meeting the objectives, but some more work might be needed; or Just fi st if they consider that they have made little or no progress towards meeting the objective.

If their is no example should we maybe change this to ‘think about’.

Ask pupils to show their confidence by putting out either; Full hand (great success), Three fingers (partial success) or fist (no success).