Hinge-point questions are diagnostic questions that are used at a particular point in a learning sequence when you need to check if your pupils are ready to move on and in which direction. Typically, hinge-point questions are multiple-choice and include wrong answers (distractors) that challenge common misconceptions. Critically, they are quick to answer and allow you to realistically view and interpret all pupils’ responses in 30 seconds or less.
Hinge-point questions should be used before you move from one key idea or learning intention to another, particularly if a solid understanding of the content before the hinge is a prerequisite for the next phase of learning. Apps such as Plickers can be used to provide instant feedback but mini whiteboards, flashcards (below) or finger voting also work well.