Power Up: Power Up

 
 
 
Power Up
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Instructional Openings

Power Up

The Power Up is a component of the lesson in which I gamify computational skills that my students have seen in prior lessons, or pre-teach the recall aspects of an upcoming skill. The skill remains the same all week, culminating in an assessment that is tracked. My students use the tracker for investment and to earn Dojo Dollar bonuses in the class economy.

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Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This is an example of a Power Up used in class to pre-teach order of operations.
Student Handout
 
 
The Power Up Tracker is the investment component of the Power Up. Each week's skill culminates in an assessment on which students track mastery. If they receive an 80% or better on the assessment, my students are able to "Power Up" to another level.
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This is an example of a Power Up used in class to pre-teach order of operations.
Student Handout
 
 
The Power Up Tracker is the investment component of the Power Up. Each week's skill culminates in an assessment on which students track mastery. If they receive an 80% or better on the assessment, my students are able to "Power Up" to another level.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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Academic Culture
Face-Off

Fluency is important, and finding the time to practice it in class can be tough. Fortunately, my students and I came up with Face Off, a simple, gamefied way to practice multiples and other fluency. 3 students must participate, where two students meet eyes and count off multiples until one makes a mistake. The third person moderates with an answer sheet. This can be modified to practice multiplication facts, division, or fraction operations. I create official FaceOff times where we actually play a "season" and work through a tournament style competition, with students advancing as they defeat their peers. This investment is great, but the fact that it runs itself is even better for me! Students often can be seen Face-ing Off in line in the Cafeteria, on the way to Specials, or in the neighborhood.

 
Mindsets
Daniel's Mindsets

A blended teacher’s personal mindsets shape her decisions as an educator. These mindsets influence general pedagogies, instructional approaches, and short-term decision making, alike. Check out how Daniel’s mindsets have helped to shape his blended instruction.

 
Instructional Planning
Basketball Problem

The basketball problem is a built in way to teach the students about rigor. At the beginning of the year, we discussed how math is like an onion.  There are many layers and each one is more complex than the last. The "shot" is an opportunity to reward risk-taking and get the students really thinking about the most high-complexity questions that I can ask. For this reason, students are doubly invested in this part of class. One because they want to challenge themselves, and two because they want to get up there and take the shot. 

 
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