- I put the right answers to the forsaken test onto the board and had students check it against their bubbly sheet. Yuck.
- "Stevens, I didn't get how to do number 24... Can you help me?"
- Yep, just hang on
- Once students knew what problems they missed, I pointed out the QR codes hanging around the room and had them download a QR reader for their devices. Oh boy, you're in for a treat (or so you think)
- I explained that each code was linked to a set of problems. Each QR sent the students to a ShowMe video that detailed the steps of how to solve a chunk of the problems from the benchmark.
- Students found out which codes they needed to get up and scan (yes, get up. As in, get out of your seat, move around, and enjoy being here!)
- They went, scanned, and sat back down to watch the video
- As they watched the video, they realized what they did incorrectly and wrote the correct step that they initially missed.
- Move on until all problems that you missed are addressed.
It looked a little something like this:
If someone were to have walked into my room to evaluate me, their jaw would've hit the floor. Kids were roaming around the room. Students were using their... CELL PHONES. Young adults had headphones on and were watching those videos you see on that Internet thing.
Take a step back and it's a whole different story. My students were doing one of the most boring and mundane (yet helpful, I'll give you that) exercise out there- re-doing test questions. However, ask them what they're doing and they would've certainly come back with "watching videos to check what we missed" or "scanning QR codes to watch videos".
Finally, the students scan the codes, watch the videos, and fill out their interactive notebooks with a reflective approach to a benchmark that grew horns every time the class even thought about it. Not too bad for the first full-blown BYOD day in class!