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Re: Disappointing Jeapordy

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ricki fromkin (fromkinr)
Mon, 18 Oct 1999 19:23:04 -0400

LynnMarie Paris wrote:
> Ok...I need some friendly advice. To introduce O'keeffe, today I played
> Jeopordy with my Studio in Art classes using three issues of Art and
> Man/Scholastic Arts. One class went great and the other not so great.
> What happened is that two teams got WAY ahead of the other three teams
> (like 2000 points vs 200 points). The slower group had given up and to
> try to get them motivated/back into the game I gave the winning teams a
> 10 and a 15 second handi-cap....meaning that after they found the answer
> I would wait 10 or 15 before calling on them. If the team with less
> points got the answer within that time, I called on them first.
> Even with the handicap the winning team was still winning and the
> "losing" team sometimes got answers wrong. Once they got it wrong, the
> other teams had a shot to answer it. However, this now caused the
> winning team (with generally my most positive and friendly students) to
> give up, complain and scowl a bit. I felt really badly about this, but
> did not know what else to do. By the end of the game they had given up
> and now I feel that somehow I have ruined what should have been a fun
> activity.
> Question: How else could I have handled this? I have felt crummy all
> afternoon now. I am sure it did not help that right after school I
> found out that today a student threw about 10 pounds of clay out a
> window at a car and now the administration has told us that the windows
> have to be closed in our already 85 degree classroom. I dont know if it
> happened in my class or in the other teacher's classes, but somehow I
> think he blames me???? Anyway...sorry to ramble on and
> started as such a good day and now I feel bummed.
> One solution to the Jeapordy issue I came up with is to go around the
> room. One group at a time gets the first chance to answer and then go
> to the next group if they get it wrong. That takes some of the
> intensity out of it and might even out ability levels...what other ideas
> do you have?
> Thanks a ton for "listening" to all of this and sharing your ideas....
> Have a great night
> LynnMarie

What type of questions did you ask? What grade level and Art background
do your students have?