Sometimes I hear kids say they’re “soooo bored” or “school is boring.” I often reply jokingly with, “I’m not here to entertain you. This isn’t Vegas. If you want to be entertained, go to Vegas.”
Side-note: That doesn’t mean I don’t try to razzle dazzle them on a regular basis. Believe me, I do. One time we were eating breakfast during first period and I was doing a lesson and a girl commented that they were getting “dinner and a show.”
Many teachers like to use the learning game/formative assessment “Four Corners” in which students move to a corner in the room to designate their answer.
This activity is particularly good for multiple choice. However, I have noticed that my kids move like a flock of sheep….following the person they think is right.
So I decided to try Four Corners with a twist… I hung my A, B, C, D signs up in the corners of my room.
Students were then asked to go to the corner of their choice.
“But what’s the question????? they all shouted.
I then revealed the first multiple choice question (only) on the SMART Board. I used the screen shade to hide the four choices.
I asked them to find the verb (still without choices).
I then revealed the four options.
Those students standing in the correct corner earned a point.
Now you might think that this does not require them to do much thinking. However, everyone has time to process and determine an answer and then, upon the reveal, you hear a chattering of “Yessssssss!!!” and “Aw man!!!” as they learn their fate.
This game keeps kids moving and keeps them engaged. It also eliminates embarrassment for the kid who is always wrong. The game appears to be left up to chance. It becomes a risk for everyone.