Assessing to Empower Learners • Diagnostic Assessment
Activity: Awakening Prior Knowledge

In this episode, Dr. Stripling discusses key areas for diagnostic assessments: interests, attitudes, prior knowledge, and mental models. In her article, "Awakening and Building Upon Prior Knowledge," Kristin Fontichiaro offers a number of crowdsourced ideas to help students access their prior knowledge about a subject. Read the article and then complete the reflection activity below.



Taking the lead from Fontichiaro, ask your professional community to share what methods they've used to help students "awaken and build upon" prior knowledge, and record their responses in the workshop packet. Which of these might you try to incorporate into your practice?

MLA Citation "Assessing to Empower Learners: Awakening Prior Knowledge." School Library Connection, November 2019,

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Entry ID: 2228088