Background Knowledge Probe

A Background Knowledge Probe is a short, simple, focused questionnaire that students fill out at the beginning of a course or start of a new unit that helps teachers identify the best starting point for the class as a whole.

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We hope this technique will become a helpful tool in your classroom.

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Adapting Background Knowledge Probe for Online Teaching


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