Skip to main content

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.  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Baby Yoda Pixel Art Template

  This template is set for 3 sets of answers.  I have the answers that are currently set, you will need to reformat them to use with your content.   Baby Yoda Pixel Art Template Be on the lookout for this activity given 2 ordered pairs and asking for slope, y-intercept, and the equation of a line.  I'm also formatting this for converting between percents, decimals, and fractions.  If you want to reformat it before I post the above activities here is how. 

Blooket Game

  A week ago my students kept asking to play Blooket so I looked into it.  Blooket is much like Kahoot and Gimkit but they earn money.  Blooket has several different game modes and the students LOVE IT.  Once a student has been eliminated they will keep playing to earn more gold which they can use to buy rare items.  Each week Blooket has a theme and those rare items can be bought for the week and then they are gone; the items include accessories or special characters they can play as.  My students will play for hours if we let them.  When we finish a game they are ready for another round.  Blooket has a FREE version which has been enough for my class but you can also upgrade to a paid version.  They have games that are already made or you can create a new game.   My students love the battle royale mode and the gold quest the best.  If you haven't given it a try I would highly suggest it.  

Long Division in Google Docs

  I was making a long division worksheet for my students in Google Docs when I realized that it wasn't under equations. Here's how to insert it.  This does not look very pretty so I have another video on how I do it in Google Sheets which takes longer but looks nicer.