A favorite game for all of my students is the “Whiteboard Game”. It is a game that I always use it the day before a test. Teams are made upon the students in each row. Every student gets a whiteboard, a dry-erase pen, and a paper towel. I put a problem up on the board. Students must work individually to solve the problem. Students then raise their board so I can check the answers. Once a board is up, the answer cannot be changed. If everyone in the row gets the correct answer, the row gets a point. The team with the most points at the end of class gets a piece of candy. It’s amazing that students get very competitive, even though the prize is only a dum-dum lollipop. I like it because I get to see if everyone is understanding the material. It makes for a quick formative assessment.

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I like how you made this a game by giving students a point if everyone in the row gets the correct answer. Do you let the students in the row work together or encourage them to check their answer with each other?

I have the students work individually so that everyone does each problem. Otherwise, I know some students would let other students do all of the work. As each student puts his or her board up, I can quickly point out any mistakes (i.e. you forgot a negative or you added when you should have subtracted), or I can have a student redo the problem. At this point, students can and will help each other (not for points) to give instructions on how to do the problem.