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Free Resource: Creating Evaluation Burgers in The Classroom

Joseph Sparks

12th January 2017

Teaching evaluation is important. However, coming up with a range of different strategies to teach students how to evaluate can be difficult.

Many teachers and students are familiar with the burger (point, evidence, explain) technique, or even the double-burger, where you include a counter-argument or issue/debate to beef up your burger. However, here's an interesting idea that many teachers in the tutor2u community have been trying.

Creating Evaluation Burgers in The Classroom

This activity can work at any stage of the course but may be particularly useful when revising Year 1 Topics. Provide your students with a copy of the burger ingredients and ask them to start by creating a simple burger paragraph for a particular question or topic (e.g. outline and evaluate research examining conformity). Ask your students to only write the point and the evidence/example for now, and ensure that they do not explain (conclude) at this stage.

Then ask your students to see if they can add a counter-argument (onions), an issues/debate (lettuce) and/or methodological criticism (tomato), before explaining (conclusion – bottom bun) their evaluation paragraphs.

Using their Year 2 knowledge, students will quickly see that they can significantly develop their evaluation points to include a range of other interesting evaluative statements, without having to start a whole new point.

Teaching Resource

To download 'Creating Evaluation Burgers', click here.

Joseph Sparks

Joseph is a Subject Advisor for Psychology at tutor2u. He is an experienced Psychology & Music Teacher, Writer, Examiner and Presenter. He is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Education and is passionate about the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

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