Kids were taking out their lollipop sticks …which ended up being the smart students in the class because people expect them to get everything right. This was intimidating to them because there was a sense of pressure on them to always know the answer, when before they would raise their hand 95% of the time because they were certain about their answer.
I liked how Dylan dealt with the situation by explaining how students are here to learn. If they knew all the answers to every question, why would they need to be here. His point to get across like in video 1, was that it is okay to make mistakes and that is the purpose of the lollipop stick (random select). I also think that it is important that the smarter students can now recognize what other students who are not always confident with answering questions “FEEL LIKE” when put on the spot. It was nice to be able to use this tool to put students in different situations and perspectives that they may not have thought about before. I personally would use the lollipop idea, but with a slight change of pulling TWO sticks out instead of ONE.
“Teachers have focused students on not being right all the time, but what they are learning in the class… ”
“secret student” goes by points and are rewarded. The students name is only revealed when the class gets a point… because it is all about positive reinforcement. Reminding students about the secret student gets the students back on task and quiets them down. I thought this was a great way of giving the students the opportunity to determine their own fate for their reward. With the secret student being unaware, it reminds students that it could be them that could either negatively or positively impact the class’s outcome.
Students received comments instead of GRADES. Students really wanted to know where they are at and the students really want to know what their grade is.
We have got our kids hooked on levels (grades)
I like using grades simply because I grew up with that idea of grade determining where you are in the class. I was okay with that idea, but I also think grades can be used with descriptive feedback. Descriptive feedback can help students to show where they need to improve which could help increase their grade.