Module 2: Priming

This module introduces you to the concept of “Priming” moves. Eliciting prior knowledge, supporting social-emotional learning, creating safe spaces and culturally responsive classroom environments–each of these learning strategies can be enacted during a lesson to build and check for understanding.

Priming moves prepare and support a learning community to engage in formative assessment practices together. Priming is the foundation of all good classroom-based formative assessment.  In this module, we consider various modalities, types, and purposes of priming moves to support the process of checking for understanding. 

In this module, you’ll explore:

  • A 20-25 minute video explaining Priming
  • Video clips of “Priming” in authentic classroom settings
  • Checks for understanding and a Glossary to help you clarify content
  • A PDF of References


By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Define priming
  • Describe why priming matters
  • Apply good priming techniques in face-to-face, blended, and online instructional environments