I am actually embarrassed that I didn't think of this sooner. We have been playing "Around the World" (directions below) in my class for about 10 years and I have been making and printing giant flashcards. What I just realized is that all this time, I could have been using Quizlet. All I had to do was create a set with only pictures and terms (or make a copy of the set I already had and modify it). As a whole class, I project the flashcards, picture side up, and we go through the deck. I can click shuffle on the side, and play again and again! What a HUGE time saver!
students "study for the quiz tomorrow", but we never actually teach them how to do that. Many of them have no clue where to start.
I decided I was going to start showing my 7th graders how to do this. I made this handout for them and explained that we were going to practice how to study today. I told them that these strategies will apply to other classes and will be extra useful for high school. One of my students exclaimed "This is so helpful! All teachers should do this! I never know how to study!" I felt immediately satisfied that this was a necessary lesson.
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Since we loop with our students, they already know our expectations, but it's still important to remind them, and there are always new students. This year, I put all my policies into Quizlet (which you can modify!) and gave the students 5 minutes to read over them. (Suggestion, have them use the flashcard feature, but select "start with both" so they see the whole thing at once.) After 5 minutes, I started the game. I had planned to play 3-4 times because it's fast paced, but they begged me to keep playing, so we played for about 15 minutes. They were so incredibly engaged and I didn't need to do a thing! It worked so well that I did it with my first year students as well, and I'm willing to bet that I won't have to remind them of things nearly as much as with previous groups where we just read through rules the boring way. Let me know what you think if you try it out as well!
"We heard Spanish is awesome today!" said several students in my afternoon class on the day I introduced Quizlet live. I even had coworkers coming up to me all week asking me to show them this new game their kids are all buzzing about! So naturally, I wanted to share it here as well!
Quizlet live allows you to take any set of flashcards with 12 or more terms and turn them into a fast-paced, competition among your students. All you need to do is sign up for a free teacher account, select the study deck you want, and click on the new "live" button. It could be a set you've created, or one of the millions of sets already in their database.