Practicing Strategy: Quiz, Quiz, Trade

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • May 6, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

As students work to build skill automaticity and accuracy, we want to avoid death by worksheet and provide fun ways for students to process, practice, and strengthen important neural pathways. One instructional activity that always delivers is the Kagan collaborative learning strategy Quiz/Quiz/Trade.

Here's how you can start implementing this strategy in your classroom. Take practice items from traditional worksheets and put them onto individual cards. Make sure to put the answers on the back of each card. When you're ready to practice, deal out the cards to your students and give then time to answer the question on their card, as well as determine the thinking they used to answer the question. Students then pair up to quiz each other. Once this is complete, they trade cards and find a new partner.

As students quiz each other, you can monitor their thinking to identify misconceptions or skills and concepts that need strengthening. The best part- there aren't any worksheets to collect and grade! Since students will be receiving immediate feedback, and you will not need to spend time grading yet another worksheet, this activity is a WIN-WIN!!

See an online example of Quiz/Quiz/Trade in action here

Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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