One of the resources we use to assess is a consensus map. I was introduced to this idea during a Kagan training. There are many ways to use the consensus map. My favorite is to use it during to assess understanding through writing. After being given a question, each student spends a few minutes answering on a post it or small piece of paper. After individual response time, students meet in their Kagan groups to share and discuss their answers. They take the best parts of each person’s and construct a final answer as a consensus. All students responses are placed on the mat and I can assess each person’s understanding and they’ve been a part of constructing a proficient response.