Reflection: Positive Reinforcement Putting It All Together - Problem Solving Day - Section 3: Partner Grading


When we reviewed the assessment, I had students use red ink to mark papers and whiteboards to re-work problems as needed.  My students love working with whiteboards but they do not always stay engaged when they have the whiteboards.  They want to draw, sign their name, list all of their friends, etc... but they sometimes avoid the math that is asked of them. 

To mitigate this issue, I made a quick game out of the review.  It's the classic Teacher VS. Class game.  The class earns points for things like following directions, 100% response to a call to order, hard work, correctly doing a basic classroom procedure like raising their hands before calling out an answer, etc.  When expectations are not met, the teacher gets a point.

If the scores is tied or the teacher wins, I will assign them a homework assignment due the next day.  If the class wins, they have no homework.  I do everything in my power to try to keep the score close and allow the class to win.  

Today one class was way behind at the end of the lesson, so I gave them a 10-point task that had to be completed silently and within a minute - they would earn 10  points.  The task was to put all of the materials neatly away and return to their seats.  I did not tell them how to accomplish the task; they had to figure out the best way to do it on their own.  They performed well and earned 7 points - enough to win.  They lost 3 points because 3 people were talking.


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Putting It All Together - Problem Solving Day

Unit 3: Proportional Relationships II
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT solve rate problems by applying various tests of proportionality

Big Idea: Let's put aside new concepts and solve problems using all that we have learned over the last couple of weeks.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Fractions, problem solving, proportional reasoning, rate
  50 minutes
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