Hello Readers! In this blog I am going to tell you about a little strategy I conducted over Wednesday and Thursday of week three .
The experiment took longer than usual to conduct because there was no power supply thanks to heavy rainfall. They call it summer here in Bengaluru, but I beg to differ [Symbol]. Anyway, this affected the WiFi connectivity on Wednesday and so the students spent most of the day reading from their textbooks. Later we played 2 group games. The first one had them make a familiar 2D shapes using only mathematical figures. In the second game they made new words from bigger words. Each letter had points associated to them.
Finally, I got to test out the strategy. I asked students to take a 25 marks overall math test on a new chapter. The reason I chose a new chapter was to be on neutral grounds. As predicted, students couldn’t answer the test because they hadn’t studied the chapter before. They all looked perplexed. Ashwin, bless him, was trying to answer as many questions as possible.
For the second part of the strategy test, we needed to be connected to WiFi. Thankfully the WiFi was up and running on Thursday. I made them take the same chapter test again, but this time it was not a regular short and long answer assessment. The questions were framed as true/false questions.
It was interesting to see the students excited to answer them even though they weren’t familiar with the chapter. The students even completed the test before the estimated time.
Now these are interesting observations and in fact the very reason I chose to test this strategy. I wanted to see how the students feel answering T/F questions. Vidyanext and I were thinking of ways to cognitively reduce the burden on students. We want them to feel motivated and excited to learn and test their knowledge. We want them to feel engaged with their learning, be aware of their progress and achievements and also get feedback on mistakes and rewards for learning.
More than anything, I wanted to test if this could be a way that could help all tutors see patterns of engagement and be informed of student learning progress in a short time frame.
Learnings: It is rewarding to test out strategies and learn from them. Always make the most of a seemingly bad situation- no power still meant we could learn in a fun way. It rains randomly during summertime in Bengaluru 😛 (Although a fact, please take the last observation with a pinch of salt.)