Key Learning and Muddiest Point

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Type of strategy: AssessmentWriting and/or Reflection

Use at the end of a learning segment or end of a workshop to get participants to reflect on the session. The strategy is especially useful when conducting a multi-day or multi-session workshop.

Directions: 

  1. Place a stack of index cards at each table group.
  2. Tell participants to label one side of the card Key Learning and the other side of the card Muddiest Point. No names – this activity is done anonymously.
  3. On the Key Learning side of the card participants are to write in one sentence the most important learning for the workshop. On the Muddiest Point side of the card participants are to write in one sentence the thing about which they are most unclear or muddy.
  4. Collect cards and read them. Determine if participants learned the key points you intended, topics or items needing further clarification, and if you need to regroup and/or review material at the next session.
  5. Provide general feedback to the group at the next session to let participants know that you read the cards and have used the information to drive your instruction.

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns