I was inspired by my wife (as I am with many things) with this idea. She is an absolutely amazing math teacher; she has taught from 4th grade to calculus. What she does at the end of many lessons is ask a main concept question of something she just covered. She calls it an “Exit Slip.” After the students turn in their responses, she then discreetly pulls the students who clearly do not understand the concept to the back of the room to further explain. The students who were correct get to try a challenge problem while she is with her other students. She feels this is an immediate way to keep everyone up to speed, while also providing a more rigorous option to her highest achieving students.
My wacky brain immediately went to “how can I do this online?” Isn’t that the first thing you would think of as well? 🙂
Blackboard Collaborate (live system we use) allows for quizzes where only the professor can see the response. My thought was to ask a core concept question, and any students who were wrong will be sent into a “breakout room” (also a feature in BB Collaborate). I would stay in the main classroom and set a timer for 10 minutes and discuss an advanced topic (not applicable to grading in the course), and I would also send one advanced student (who I would ask in advance if he/she wanted to do this) into the breakout room to help solidify the concept. Then when the timer bings, for better or worse everyone comes back and we move forward to the next concept and repeat the process.
This will bring those with a lower level of the concepts up to speed, while also challenging the advanced learners with advanced topics and also to think about the ways to communicate the concepts with those who do not quite understand them. This is certainly a useful tool!