Okay is the stage for comparing answers and finds out if the student is doing the work correctly. Teach, Understand, Try, and Okay and Compare all occur before the teacher asks for a response or gives a test. Now partners can check the accuracy. It is powerful when the partners compare their work and find differences. Both must evaluate the work for the error. This stage is important to show where mistakes are being made, safely. There is nothing positive about students getting a test returned and it’s all marked up. Instead the teacher can identify a small group of students for attention in the back or assign a peer tutor to work one-on-one with a struggling student.

If you had random students go to the board and put up their math answers to show their work, ask the rest of the class to determine if all the steps were completed and it was the right answer. Then randomly call students from the class and ask them if they agree with the work. Teachers need to be active during this stage and determine if more teaching is needed because the students are all making the same type of mistake.

Okay can be the following:

  • Partners compare and check the answer being okay.
  • Work samples placed on the board for the class to check it accuracy.
  • The teacher puts an example on the board, purposely incorrectly, and the class checks to see if it was done correctly.
  • Partners share their conclusion or thoughts with each other. Each student may learn new things out of this sharing.

After all this learning, now the student has enough background to give a response! This part of the TUTOR method especially draws the students into Blooms highest levels of learning. Notice how the following Evaluation terms are practiced when the students check and explain their answers when they compare their work with their partners: appraise, assess, choose, compare, critique, estimate, evaluate, judge, measure, rate, revise, score, select, validate, and value.

TUTOR’s stages of Understand, Try, and Okay & compare help teachers naturally incorporate the higher stages of Bloom’s Taxonomy in their teaching.

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