>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
>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 on......it
>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