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Old 04-17-2018, 06:03 PM
 
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I created what I consider to be a very engaging lesson.

An Escape Room...where student teams solve puzzles and find answers to research questions to unlock their prize: a free choice reward day in library.

What do I do about the students who peed on my parade?

While everyone else was engaged, two/ three students in some of my classes just sat there refusing to do the activity or fooling around.

I only asked 9 questions and 9 puzzles...and it was teams of 4.

I'm giving them another session to finish it.
They MUST finish it to earn the reward.

But, I fear that the students who fooled around and ruined my class today, will hurry up next week, finish, and get the reward.
That's not fair.

What do you do when you plan a great lesson and THOSE Spoiler students bring you and the class down?


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You could grade the project according to a rubric which includes points for participating according to the instructions given. Grade accordingly and then give the reward to those who made a certain score.
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An idea that just came to my head could be you setting a timer and counting how long they refused to do anything with their groups. IF they finish the activity, they can participate AFTER they owe the time they refused to work during the time provided, maybe sitting out or going to another room for that time.

The escape room activity idea is SO cool though!!
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If they didn't finish it and everyone else did then the natural consequence would be no reward for them. If everyone still needs to work then carry on as usual and don't pay attention to the ones who are fooling around. Act like you don't see it. When time is up then reward the students who finished. If they complain ask them if they finished and why not. Again, logical consequence. Good Luck.

BTW, that sounds like an awesome project!!!!!!
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:08 PM
 
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I think they just want attention (even if it's negative).

My fourth graders came in and worked on the Escape Room.
They were SO enthusiastic...You'd think we all won the lottery.
Lots of cheering and excitement.

So, they more than made up for "The Spoilers."


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