An Open-Ended Response is a meaningful answer to a question, task, or problem presented to students that has more than one possible answer. When teachers utilize this effective practice, students can provide a quality open-ended response clearly demonstrating an understanding of the content and an explanation or opinion that extends beyond basic understanding. Open-ended responses can be used to promote curiosity, reasoning ability, creativity, and student independence. This type of response allows for different levels of complexity allowing for the personalization of learning.
- Determine the lesson objective and what students need to master by the end of the lesson or unit.
- Create and post tasks that will encourage students to express their ideas, thoughts, and/or feelings based on knowledge of the content.
- Determine how student responses and/or work products will be assessed. The teacher may use an existing rubric, create a rubric, assign a completion grade, or have students complete a self-reflection tool.
- Assign open-ended tasks to students during and/or after the lesson. Allow time for students to generate and share their answers and products.
- Share expectations by modeling and/or presenting an open-ended response.
- Tell students how their answers and products will be assessed.
- Monitor work time and provide written or verbal feedback to promote reasoning ability.
- Assess student answers and products using the chosen assessment tool. Teacher-written or verbal feedback is essential in promoting reasoning ability.