In honor of March Madness, this month, Transformation Tuesday and Thursday Tool School will be on hiatus and I will be featuring March Madness Monday– 16 Ways to Prepare Your Students for End-of-the-Year Exams. Each Monday this month, I will feature four of the ways. This week, I am featuring ways to use task cards for review. Click each link to read more. Happy Reading!
9. Question Me!– This cooperative learning strategy challenges all students to participate in the process and requires students to both respond to the questions and justify their answers.
10. Scoot– This has been called many other names, but the basic idea is that students respond to task cards individually, record their answers, and then move to the next card. In other words, they “scoot” around the room answering questions until they have responded to all of the task cards. Click the link to read more about the activity from “Teaching is Elementary.”
11. Circuit– My students love this one and it’s super versatile! This activity is similar to a scoot; however, students follow the path of the answer they choose. Task cards can easily be used with a circuit. Just be sure to attach a correct answer to another card so that students can move easily from one card to the card that has the correct answer of the previous card. Check out an example using the link above.
12. Quiz, Quiz, Trade– This is a Kagan cooperative learning structure that gets your students up and moving! The basic idea is that each student gets a task card, quizzes a partner, and then switches cards with the partner. Then the process starts all over again. Because students have to know and be able to justify the answer to the card they are using to quiz someone else, they become an expert on that card. Click the link to read more about the activity from “Minds in Bloom.”
Stay tuned next week for four more strategies!