In my last post, we gave you our top tips for the effective use of the fluency exercise called the Mad Minute in Spanish class. While fluency exercises like the Mad Minute are extremely important, they can become monotonous or boring pretty darn quickly. There’s really nothing quite like a healthy in-class (or inter-class!) competition to bring back a little spice into your Spanish classroom, and to that effect, I use the Mad Minute Tracker (which I include in the post as a FREE DOWNLOAD!) to make grammar exercises a lot more fun in the classroom! (You can purchase my Mad Minute fluency activities at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!)
Here’s how we use the Mad Minute Tracker to create competition in our Spanish classroom:
- Students grade their own work, and report out their score IN SPANISH, verbally, to the teacher as the rest of the class stays silent. (Remember that this work is not graded, and that the Mad Minute Tracker should increase competition and celebration in the classroom and not be derogatory -and that’s on you, Teach!)
- Score reporting for a class of 30 should take no more than one minute. (This takes training!) When I’ve had an especially unruly or disorderly class, I will project a timer on the board and time each class to see who does it the fastest!
- Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate. You can track an individual student’s scores over time on this tracker, and there is a lot of room for celebrating students who steadily increase their scores. I love to keep the execution of the Mad Minute and score reporting very efficient, so that I can then spend some time celebrating!
- Decide how you will reward a class for their efforts. The idea is that the more often a student does a fluency activity like the Mad Minute, the better they will get at the exercises, and this should be rewarded! Three ways to reward: a. reward the highest scoring student b. reward the class with the highest class average by period (maybe by writing averages by class period prominently on the board to encourage some competition?), c. reward the class with the strongest growth
- Don’t forget that this document is a spreadsheet! (I know, obvious, but – wait for it…) This means that you can most likely export your class lists from your grade program and import them right to the spreadsheet.
And that’s all for now, folks? Did we miss anything? How have you increased healthy classroom competition through tracking of fluency activities? And don’t forget – we did all the hard work and made the Mad Minutes for you to download in Spanish – just click here!