Friday, February 24, 2017
What have we done?
This snapshot--indicating the participation thus far in class surveys I am running--is part of a story about what strange things we've developed in youngsters.
I created a survey--one for each class period--to ask students about their sense of readiness and capability for the SBAC, the annual standardized test. I emailed to both students and parents to ask that the students do the survey, and I included a link right to the survey appropriate to their class period.
Over night, I got 9 responses from the first group--which now has 15, 2 from the second, which now has 7, 1 from the third, and none from the fourth and fifth.
12 total responses, out of 115 students.
When I told the class that had 9 (out of 25) that they had done the best, one student exclaimed, "Can we have a pizza party?"
I was despairing already--about how badly they'd done with their Parts of Speech work, so I slipped. And my response was, "You know how many pizza parties we had when I was a student..? NONE!"
A pizza party!? Because barely 1/3 of the students had taken a 2-minute quiz...and they just happened to outperform the other 4 classes!?
Years ago, I asked what consequence the Wow! Effect of things like letter learning with singing birds on iPads would have. I wonder if pizza parties for answering a 7-question survey is the answer.
Posted by Andrew Milton at 1:54 PM