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This survey technique helps students assess needs, attitudes, or knowledge. The teacher poses a question and asks each student to record his or her thoughts on a chart that everyone can see. Once everyone has placed his or her mark on the Consensogram, the teacher and class can analyze the results and determine next steps.

How to use

1. Prepare Chart

Determine the degree of measurement (numerical or value-based). Draw a chart with large, empty columns, or use one of the templates provided. Place the numerical value or value-based statement at the bottom of each column. Display the chart for students to see.

2. Gather the Data

State the objective that is being assessed or ask a question. Have each student go to the chart and place a sticker or mark above the number or statement that he/she agrees with.

3. Analyze the Data

Allow time for students to review the data on the chart, and ask them for ideas about the meaning of the data.

When to use

Use a Consensogram at any point in the lesson to structure meaningful conversation and gauge student perception. The Consensogram can:

  • Help to determine levels of understanding
  • Allow students an opportunity to express their feelings about a certain subject
  • Provide the teacher with quick information/data so instruction can be modified or differentiated
  • Send the message to students that their ideas, beliefs, and feelings are important and valued

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