I love getting to learn new teaching strategies through having Eric as an apprentice teacher this semester!
My first period geometry class is very, very quiet. Too quiet. It is a challenge to get any energy and discussion going in that class.
Yesterday, Eric mentioned that he was thinking about trying Kahoot with the class since it can be engaging for students and can increase the energy in the room. I told him that while I like the program, I dislike that it rewards and encourages speed. I know students are more successful if they take time to think first and don’t just rush to get the best answer.
Here is Eric‘s solution:
- After logging in to Kahoot, but before the question is presented, tell students to turn their laptops around or put their phones on the table facing down.
- The question is projected using Kahoot. Students can discuss, but they cannot touch their device while the timer is counting down.
- Once all students have had enough time to discuss the problem, but before the timer is up, the teacher says GO!
- Then it is a race to click their solution quickly.
- Turn devices back around and repeat.
*A modification of this approach using relay races: Have each team place their device along the perimeter of the room, or other side of some line, then have the students stand on the opposite side of the room in their teams. Project the question and once students have had enough time to discuss the solution, yell GO, and a member of each team can race to their device to enter the answer.
So simple and so effective! I am thrilled to be able to use Kahoot again with my students while de-emphsizing speed and increasing student thinking!