It’s time to make constructed response fun! Just try these four C’s. Collaborate. Compete. Cube it. Craft it. When you shake up learning, engagement skyrockets. And kids get the practice they need.
Dedicated teachers expect high test scores. Therefore, they ask their students to respond in complete paragraphs – over and over again. After all, practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, this tactic backfires. Kids get burnt out.
No worries! Just change your game. Instead of making kids answer questions by writing in complete paragraphs, try these alternatives.
Collaborate – Work Together to Make Constructed Response Fun
Working alone is – well – lonely. When kids work together, it’s always more fun. Consider letting kids work in groups to share responsibility. If you have Chromebooks, ask them to type together in small groups. And if they’re really getting burnt out, just discuss the answer and write it yourself.
Compete – Hold Contests to Make Constructed Response Fun
Kids love to compete! Why not hold constructed response contests? When kids are recognized for great work, they work harder. And, of course, they love prizes too.
Craft It – Create a Burger
Instead of writing, make a craft. This constructed response burger provides a perfect analogy. And what’s more? Kids get to cut, paste, and even color. They’ll eat it up.
Cube It – Build a Constructed Response Cube
When kids build a cube, constructing responses becomes a game. Try it a few different ways. First, put students into groups. Ask each child to the die and answers part of a question. Second, let them build cubes and answer the question on it. Either way, learning becomes more fun.
Make Learning Fun – For Them & You!
As you roll out your answering questions unit, consider making some changes. With just a few creative twists, you can make constructed response fun.
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