I really like Kahoot for brief assessments. Today I started class with a 10 question Kahoot.
I was expecting the students to fly through the quiz with very little need to review the answers since they just watched a video on the material last night. In my first class, half the students missed several questions, including what I thought was an easy one, “This person is of mixed Native American and French Ancestry.” Mestizo was a popular (wrong) answer choice. Some students said they read the question quickly and only focused on “mixed ancestry.” This still surprised me because not only have we talked about what makes a person a Mestizo in class this year, students learned this material during the Freshmen and Sophomore years in Global I and II. I will do this Kahoot with the students again on Thursday and hopefully will get better results.
Students were given 10minutes to work with a partner to fill out as much as they could of the Venn Diagram . I encouraged them to do as much as they could without looking at their notes, but after a few minutes many needed that assistance. I was pleased with the answers the students came up with. They had good answers on major topics such as politics, economics, demographics, and religion. I tried not to give any direct answers, but instead asked questions to guide them when necessary.
Even though a brief review at the beginning of class takes time, I find it very valuable for the activities we do after. I don’t think students would have been able to complete as much of the Venn Diagram on their own if we did not start class with the brief review.
For the remaining time, I had students complete the back of the Venn Diagram individually. One of my goals this year is to improve their argumentative skills so I plan on having them answer a lot of “to what extent” questions and explaining why specific events were the most significant.
Have a good day!