On typical walk days, when we return from walks, we talk about what we remember and write down key information in our walking notebooks. We then take the quiz orally as a class and discuss correct answers, distracting answers, and more.
On Fridays, I like to do the quiz using plickers as a way to check in on how EVERY student does with the questions. Tips: I don’t type in the questions. I just type in the podcast number and question number, i.e. 59-1, 59-2 … to save a lot of time. I project the quiz for all to see, read the question and answers aloud, and scan students’ plicker cards for their answers. Any student that gets at least 70% correct gets a sticker on a shoe cut-out displayed on the classroom wall.
I don’t take grades on the podcast quizzes, but I find the plickers quizzes are very motivating to my students. We have lots of great discussions about the questions. Using plickers also allows me to see if a particular question stumped many students and it gives me a chance to talk about those tricky questions more in depth, if necessary.
Once I even had a pick your own podcast day and in order for students to earn their sticker, they had to write a main idea paragraph about their podcast topic. They loved that, too!
I can’t take credit for either the plickers use or the sticker idea, as I found both on the blog and/or Pinterest! I just adapted the ideas for what worked in my classroom, and I definitely plan to continue their use!
4th Grade Teacher