The Muddiest Point


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A classroom without confusion isn’t a classroom at all. In the everyday classroom, every teacher who enters the class asks a wonderful question to which the response rate is less than 5% even in good classrooms. The question is – “Do you have any doubts?” Initially, I as a facilitator thought that the problem is with my learners and that the students in good classrooms were responding better. In my desperate attempts to make my students respond better, I failed miserably! Then it hit my muddy brain that it was not the students but there is some problem with my question and that led me to this active learning strategy – Muddiest Point.

The Muddiest Point

What is Muddiest Point?

  • A type of classroom assessment technique (CAT)
  • It asks students to identify what they find the “muddiest”

the most confusing or least clear

  • It can be part of a concept, lecture, or assignment.

How does it work?

  1. Determine what feedback you want – the entire class session or one self-contained segment.
  2. Distribute Cards – Ask them to write the muddiest Point
  3. Leave enough time to ask the question, have students respond, and collect the responses.
  4. Collect the responses as or before students leave.
  5. Respond to the student’s feedback during the next class

When can you use it?

Use this assessment technique any time, after students have had an opportunity for learning to progress toward the learning target. This technique is especially helpful if students seem to be having difficulty grasping a concept or process.

Alternate versions

  • Peer Learning – Students help each other to clear each other’s muddy points.
  • Use a two-column response exercise. One side is labeled “crystal clear” and the other column is labeled “muddiest point”. This alternate version helps students reflect on their learning as they think about what they do and do not understand.
  • Peer Assessment – Use the muddiest point to review work outside of class (e.g., Project or homework assignment).

Some Muddiest Points in a secondary classroom:

  • How are VOICE & SPEECH different?
  • Does an Impossible event have a range outside 0 and 1?
  • Rusting of Iron takes place in Ordinary water as well as Distilled water. Why? Does it take place in Milk?
  • How are dominant, mutant & Hybrid plants different?
  • stress & strain seem to be the same
  • అత్వ సంధి vs ఇత్వ సంధి

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