Equity Sticks

Equity Sticks


Hello and happy Saturday. Yes, today I bring you an actual teaching-related post. Crazy, huh? Even crazier is the fact that I actually used this technique I’m going to show you with my students. And it worked!

I’m talking about using equity sticks for class participation. What I used for this were popsicle sticks, a cup, and markers.

Stay tuned for a post in which I explain you all about this new job of mine, but meanwhile I’ll tell you that I started working when the school year was already underway, so I didn’t have much time to do any get to know me activities or stuff that teachers usually do at the beginning of the year. However, I think giving each student their own stick to label is an awesome idea for those activities at the beginning. I did this with high school students, so it took about five minutes.

I had four different grades, so I assigned a color to each class not to get confused, and I kept the sticks tied with a rubber band and inside the same cup. In each class, I’d take off the rubber band, put only the sticks belonging to the group I was with inside the cup with the colored tip facing down, and I’d take one stick each time I asked a question so that the student whose name I’d called would give me an answer. After this, I’d turn the stick so that the colored part was facing up.

Using this technique made participation mandatory, but in a fun way. I dread those times when a teacher asks for volunteers and no one raises their hands. In an odd way, using equity sticks made students want to participate more, even if I wasn’t calling them, so I think it’s also a good way to break the ice and get students involved in the class. Some of my students even asked me whether they could draw someone’s name out of the cup.

This is really nothing fancy or expensive, but it was a nice addition to my classes, which obviously became part of the routine. My classes didn’t have those awkward moments of silence after a question because whoever got called was expected to answer.

In the comments below let me know about the participation techniques you use in the classroom.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

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