Once Rank & Reason participants have ranked and provided reasoning for items in the Rank & Reason, their responses can be viewed by using the Compare feature. This feature encourages students to visually compare their responses with those of another student. Colorful lines drawn between both students’ ranked items help them visualize how their thinking may be similar or disparate from others.
Students can also read the reasoning, evidence, or justifications for the rankings of their classmates by clicking on the shaded comment bubble next to items. This provides an opportunity for students to consider other ideas and points of view, with the option to revise their ranking based on new information.
Submission averages may also be viewed using the Compare feature. Select Class Average to view the average ranking of all participants in a Rank & Reason.
Rank & Reason can also be used as a voting tool. For example, during a community service unit, students may submit different ideas for giving back to their school or community. These suggestions could be voted on using Rank & Reason.
After students rank ideas and provide reasoning based on personal preference, they may use the Compare feature to view other student responses and revise their ranking. After the exercise, to determine the highest-ranked option, knowing that participants have made thoughtful ranking choices.
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