Practicing Perseverance with "Lifelines"
Lesson Objective: Encourage critical thinking and independent learning
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Thought starters

  1. How is responsibility for learning transferred to the students?
  2. How does the use of "lifelines" provide support to students and add a positive feel to high expectations?
  3. How does Ms. Dhanani assess and help struggling students?
This reminds me of "Question Coupons" that I give out when students are working in groups. Students actually write down their question(s) on the coupons (one question per coupon). Students earn an extra Work Ethic point for each unused coupon. Sometimes I give each student a "Hint Coupon" when they are being tested the first time on new content. Using a coupon will result in their forfeiting one or two points for the solution related to their question. If they do not use the coupon, they earn an extra point or two on their quiz. Students have to use critical thinking to decide whether to use their coupons or not. In the process, they are also building self-reliance and self-confidence! I like using this technique as informal assessment in new lessons and problem-solving. I agree . . . it does help to figure out where the students really do need help and identify any misconceptions! Thanks for the idea of giving problems on slips of paper with data for them to use in writing simultaneous equations! I'd love to see a sample set of cards.
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I use a similar technique on multiple-choice tests. I call it "Lifelines," based on the quiz show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Students get a "Phone a Friend"--they can ask me for the answer to one question--and two "50-50s"--they can ask me to eliminate two incorrect answer choices on two questions. This works really well because it encourages students to use good test-taking skills. I ask them to work through all the questions before they use their lifelines. That way, they choose the three questions that give them the most difficulty to use the lifelines.
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I have tried to watched these videos at home but all I get is the "spinning circle of death" as it appears the video is loading but it never does. Maybe I will have more luck from school.
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Does same time for the teacher and it challenges the students to think more.
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  • Summary

    An assessment for learning technique is highlighted which is suitable to benefit any key stage.
    A Year 9 math class


    An assessment for learning technique is highlighted which is suitable to benefit any key stage.
    A Year 9 math class at the President Kennedy School in Coventry are placed in mixed ability groups and set a challenging problem that involves turning data into simultaneous equations
    The students are told they only have three chances to seek help from the teacher.
    The groups don't want to lose their "lifelines" so only call for assistance when they're absolutely stuck which provides a clear insight of where the real difficulties lie.
    The technique also helps to encourage independent learning by handing responsibility over to the pupils.
    Later, Philippa Cordingley, director of the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education, explains the use of this strategy supported by the research in this video.



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