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I need research articles that discuss competitive games in the classroom. Do they work well for students? Do they hurt students who are not strong?

Feb 2, 2017 11:08am

I am uploading Formative Assessment lesson plans for the Smarter Balanced Consortium. I have a lesson where we are set up like speed dating. We have 1/2 of the class stationary, and the other half moves from opponent to opponent. Each student has a deck of cards with only the numbers, no face cards. Aces are worth 1. Each student puts a card down, and the first person to say the correct answer after multiplying the two cards wins the round. Each duo plays once against each other and then one rotates. Each student records whether they won or lost the round. The teacher can walk around and see how strong each player is. My concern is that students who are weak, will be adversly affected, socio-pschologically or emotionally. .

  • Math
  • 3
  • Class Culture / Differentiation / Engagement


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    • Feb 12, 2017 9:13am

      I agree that you need to set the tone for this game, and enjoy Tom's points that include "being a graceful winner." Talk to them about the purpose of keeping score, both for you and for them. Is this activity used as a review, or for you to assess which students need more targeted practice? How could students look at their own scores and reflect on what "winning" this game really means for their math fluency skills? Depending on the age of the students, this could be a written reflection to questions at the end of the game or a discussion to have with the whole class. If they understand the purpose for winning, they will hopefully approach the game with a more positive mindset and won't be too despondent if they don't win as many rounds as they hoped.