Academic Culture

The Raffle

Everyone loves tickets! When students earn tickets during the Vocab Blitz, Bull Boards, and other moments, students drop them into the raffle jar. On Fridays we pull out a few names for Nerddy prizes like pens and highlighters. 


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Teacher In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is the raffle jar that students place their tickets into on Friday. Tickets can become a nuisance. So, the students needed to know that the procedure was tickets could get names on them before the raffle Friday, and maintained in your binder pouch in the meantime. This ensured that no tickets were out when vocab blitz was not occurring.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
In my class there are countless investment "layers" that I create knowing that no one layer can catch all students. This list shows a few of the different ways that I invest.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is the raffle jar that students place their tickets into on Friday. Tickets can become a nuisance. So, the students needed to know that the procedure was tickets could get names on them before the raffle Friday, and maintained in your binder pouch in the meantime. This ensured that no tickets were out when vocab blitz was not occurring.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
In my class there are countless investment "layers" that I create knowing that no one layer can catch all students. This list shows a few of the different ways that I invest.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
Similar Strategies
Whole-Group Instruction
Vocab Blitz

The Vocab Blitz is a visual strategy used to teach concepts through the use of math vocabulary. Students answer deep questions about the relationship between words and math and earn tickets. They place these in the Raffle Jar, which we pick from on Fridays for a small prize. Math vocabulary just for the sake of knowing academic language is good, but the Vocab Blitz explicitly asks students to apply the terms, which allows me to build more rigorous questions and connect ideas (i.e. how volume connects to science). For example, by knowing what the dividend actually is, we have a shared language that we can use when trying to figure out if a problem is asking us to multiply or divide, and to connect to improper fractions' numerator when converting them.

 
Routines and Procedures
Yo, Yo Class!

My students work independently and in groups using different learning modalities in my blended learning classroom every day. I have developed mechanisms that allow me to get the attention of the entire class when I need to make important announcements, clarify widespread misconceptions, or re-focus the class. Yo, Yo Class! is a call-and-response mechanism that allows me to get the attention of the class quickly. This strategy also taps into youth culture in order to instill a sense of ownership of the class among my students. 

 
Instructional Planning
Weekly Online Homework

Weekly Online Homework is a strategy aimed at building up the expectations in class by infusing them into my students' home lives. On Monday, my students are assigned homework that is due on Friday of that week. I use the class website to drive this communication with my students and their parents. The homework that is assigned is differentiated because the assignments are from adaptive online content providers. In addition, my students learn to be responsible for themselves, leading to huge growth in their self-advocacy and learning. On Friday, rewards and consequences are tied to the Dojo Dollars class economy. Because of the online nature of the homework, it can be instantly graded.  

 
 
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