One type of review I like to have students go through is stations. They have six different stations they rotate through with various types of problems. Here is how it works:
- Students break into groups of 3-4.
- Each student has their own sheet of paper where they show all their work.
- Once they finish the review each group staples all their work together as a packet.
- I randomly choose one of the groups papers and grade it on correctness.
- The whole group receives that persons score.
After doing this a few times here are the things I like about the review:
- Students work hard the whole time.
- Classroom management is minimal.
- I get to monitor the room and work with individual students/groups to address misconceptions.
And here are the things i don’t like:
- Students are extrinsically motivated to work.
- A lot of the times I see the group copying one student’s work.
The reason I wanted to post about this today was I heard a student say “Gosh this is miserable”.
This is the first time this year I have heard a student say this (I am sure it has happened but I haven’t heard it yet).
I have given practice assignments, book work and worksheets throughout the year but students were never vocal about disliking them. I have a theory as to why students suddenly started complaining…
There is a grade attached to it.
The second I shift students focus away from going through problems as practice to going through problems for a grade the entire classroom environment I have created flips upside down. I felt dirty telling students that I was giving them a grade based off how another student in their group preformed.
I believe there is a lot of great aspects to take away from this type of review. But on the flip side, I need to shift student’s focus during the activity. More to come on this when I revamp it and try it again in a couple months.