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Motivation for Midterms


How do you compete with social media and the need to always be connected?  This can cause a problem especially when it comes to midterm review.  I choose not to compete with them but to work on student by in.  

Oftentimes, I hear teachers say students should be motivated to pay attention just to do well.  Students shouldn't need an external motivation.  We as teachers are competing with many things to get and keep students attention, this means at times changing how we engage with the students.  

This year, I'm doing a bingo board for midterm review. My students love using Canva to create so I used this to start the process.  I asked some students who are awesome with Canva to create the bingo boards for the class.  I gave the students a list of words that needed to be on it and they had the freedom to create it how they thought was best.   This is the first step in student by in.  You are giving students a chance to shine.

Next, the students get to pick what type of bingo they want to achieve.  Yes, this means that every student could win and it means that every student completed at least 3 review stations.  Students can complete a simple pattern completing just 3 in a row or they can complete a more complex pattern.  

How do you convince them to complete a more complex board or more review? My students are working towards a prize.  They don't know what the prize is, they just know it varies based on the pattern they complete and the more completed the better the prize.  Students can earn digital stickers and digital badges which is what I'm using as the prize.  


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