Do you give your students a participation grade? I have always done this using a rubric, but last year I discovered http://www.classdojo.com! This is a great tool that allows teachers to set up classes and track behaviors. You can add negative and positive behaviors and it can give you a percentage or number of points at the end of a set time period. If anything- this is a great motivator for students because it makes their participation very real to them. Participation is something I count towards their final grade and class dojo has been really helpful in giving me real data on how active students are in my class.
Some of the positive behaviors I have are…
Doing the calentamiento
Doing the class introduction
Participating (individually, group, paired, etc)
Some of the negative behaviors I have are…
Arriving late to class
Not doing the calentamiento
Speaking in English when you should be speaking in Spanish
Here is a video that shows how class dojo works- and guess what? IT’S FREE- BONUS!!!
How do you grade participation?