Christy Propst
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
    daily basis.
•   Students complete work on specified learning
    targets, assignments, quizzes, challenges, etc. in
    their tribes.
•   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
Rules cont.
• 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:
  DEBITS                      Credits

• 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
        Tribal Challenges

• Free Response Questions
• Challenging problems- Charlie Brown
  Related Rates Problem
• Quizzes
• Group Test
  Rewards given this year:

• Rainbow chip cupcakes
• Brownies
• Halloween festive cake
• Bonus points to a test
                   Survivor Genetics
            Credits                                       Debits
• 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
  well together.
• Teams are 4 members and assigned by
  the teacher.
Foundations of Algebra:
Student responses:
         • 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
    hearts, etc.
• 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
 of Algebra

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