Burke County Public Schools
Why? What is the point?
• Student-centered learning and
• Positive peer pressure within class
• Cooperative learning
• Increased student interest
• Increased student motivation
• Increased student performance and
mastery of material
How does it work?
• Students work in pre-established tribes on a
• Students complete work on specified learning
targets, assignments, quizzes, challenges, etc. in
• Tribes earn or lose points based on the activities
and events within their tribes. Students still
earn individual grades.
• Tribes are rewarded after each established unit
or pre-established time frame.
How does it work? (cont.)
• Tribe members must ensure that all tribe
members understand the material and are
capable of completing individual
assignments or tasks.
• Self-learning and peer teaching are
heightened. Thus, student understanding
and individual performance rises as well.
• Students are placed in tribes. This can be done
by student choice or teacher decision.
• Once tribes are established, they will remain
intact. The teacher may dismantle and disperse
tribe members to other tribes if needed.
• A student may also work in exile. Remember,
students still earn individual grades. The exiled
student would just not earn tribal points or
• Tribal challenges are determined by the teacher.
These can be tribal quizzes, review games,
activities or labs. The options are open.
• Tribal challenge points should be established
prior to beginning the challenge.
• Tribes should choose a member to keep tally of
the tribe’s points.
• Tribes may also lose points based on preset
choices of the teacher and/or class.
• Rewards are given to tribes based on their
performance and points totals.
• Rewards may be offered at the end of each unit
or every so often as determined by the teacher.
• Rewards may be bonus points to a unit test,
homework passes, candy, baked goods, etc.
• A grand prize can be given at the end of the
semester to the tribe winning the most number
of times throughout the semester.
Mrs. Propst’s Survivor Calculus:
• No homework • 2 points • Perfect
• Unexcused attendance • 3 points
absence • 1 point • All homework • 2 points
• Unexcused • Tests > 85 • 5 points
tardy • 1 point • Quizzes > 90 • 5 points
• Unprepared • 5 points • Gateways > • 5 points
for discussion 90 on 1st
• Challenges • varies
• Free Response Questions
• Challenging problems- Charlie Brown
Related Rates Problem
• Group Test
Rewards given this year:
• Rainbow chip cupcakes
• Halloween festive cake
• Bonus points to a test
• Anyone in the team makes over • Any team member gets an
100 on an assignment (10 points) unexcused absence (10 points)
• All in the team pass an • Any team member gets a tardy
assignment (20 points) (20 points)
• Team wins a review game (20 • Any team member is not getting
points) their work done (20 points)
• All team members make a C or • Any team member makes a zero
better on a test or quiz (50 points) (50 points)
• All team completes their work and • Any team member gets a
makes a 100 (50 points) discipline referral or detention
• All team makes an A on a Test or (100 points)
quiz (100 points)
• All team passes the midterm (100
Survivor Genetics cont.
• Students are encouraged to work with
their team members on class work.
• Teams are given extra points when they
are helping out teammates and working
• Teams are 4 members and assigned by
Foundations of Algebra:
• Positive and nurturing
• Students engaged in
learning and teaching
• Excitement of making
progress in course
• Students often remind
me about the point
Survivor: Conference Tribes
• Pair according to the cards that you were given
at the beginning of the session.
– Blue hearts with blue hearts, red hearts with red
• Within your newly formed “tribe” complete the
– Tribes have approximately 10-15 minutes to complete
as many brainteasers as possible.
– Tribes will earn 3 points for each correct answer and
lose 2 points for each incorrect answer.
– Winning tribes will receive a treat.
• Summer Smith, DHS Survivor Genetics
• Dennis Brittain, FHS Survivor Foundations