Academic Culture

Treasure Map

The Treasure Map is a strategy I use to help my students progress through levels in a self-paced environment without setting deadlines for them. My students record when they start a level and when they end a level. If they complete the level in a given amount of time, they receive a piece of the Treasure Map. When my students complete four levels within the given time, they earn a free A (like contracting for an A). This strategy would also work with other forms of rewards, not just awards linked to a grade or extra credit.

Strategy Resources (2)
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a video that shows how my students use the Treasure Map to help track their progress through the curriculum.
 
Student Data
 
 
This is a picture of the wall visual, along with quest contracts and leaderboards we use to track students' progress. The wall visual is also what we use to visualize who has earned treasure pieces. Some of my students choose to use the wall visual; however, it is not a requirement in our classroom.
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a video that shows how my students use the Treasure Map to help track their progress through the curriculum.
Student Data
 
 
This is a picture of the wall visual, along with quest contracts and leaderboards we use to track students' progress. The wall visual is also what we use to visualize who has earned treasure pieces. Some of my students choose to use the wall visual; however, it is not a requirement in our classroom.
Jessica Anderson
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, MT


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Ninth grade
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