TurningPoint Clickers and Math

There is not a whole lot written on the use of student response systems or “clickers” in a math class.

 I have been using the TurningPoint clickers in an algebra and honors geometry class this year. 

Here are some pointers I would give to anyone chosing to use them in a math class:

1. Make sure the questions don’t take too long to answer.  Students different ability levels make it hard to run a quiz when some students are done with the question in 10 seconds and then have to wait 3 minutes for the slower students. 

2. If you are going to give questions that take a long time give them the quiz ahead of time on paper.  Let everyone work at their own pace and then click in later.

3. Use them during the presentation of material instead of just as an assessment tool.  If you ever find yourself saying “does everyone get that?” then it’s a good time for a clicker question. 

4. Assign high points to wrong answers.  If you are just looking for class participation on new material, set the incorrect answer value to 70 0r 80.  This way everyone gets credit for at least trying and you are still rewarding people for doing well.

5. Use the countdown timer.  Sometimes questions just have to have an end.

I have a ton of suggestions but I better stop there. 

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