I am always looking for additional ways to motivate my students. A teacher at the high school where I student taught regularly posted the average grade for each of his class periods. In addition, he would post the percent gained or lost from the previous week. I added this second column after updating the averages. Please realize that these were the averages for my classes before our first test and before our first notebook check. The grades have dropped some since then. It took a couple of days for most of my students to notice this. But, the question on everyone's mind after they saw this was "what class do you have 7th period?" The answer: 8th Grade Algebra 1. Let's just say high school students do not like being beat by 8th graders. |

Big fan of the class averages - great way to lend a competitive edge without pitting individuals against each other. Hope they're rising to meet the challenge. Also, is there a space in the middle of the "Mathematics is . . ." Venn Diagram?

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