August 17, 2012
My Favorite Friday: Review Games
Before every test students work as a class to come up with a study guide. They practice going through their notes and textbook, and I write down whatever they come up with. By the end everyone has a two column sheet with vocab or big ideas on the left and definitions or details on the right. Fold in half for an instant self quizzing machine! (Some kids prefer flashcards, works the same.) Then, we practice everything they decided they will need to know for the test via a review game. Practicing takes different forms each unit and honestly has a lot more to do with my mood than anything else, although I'm sure there are some units that are better suited to certain games. As the year went on and I got organized I would offer multiple options at stations (BINGO and Basketball would be too distracting but everything else works).