Trashketball was my go-to game for years (see my blog post about Trashketball here). See my collection of Trashketball games here.

Then a colleague told me how she adapted the Trashketball rules so that each team got the chance to answer. So I did that.

Then I switched schools and switched again. Suddenly Trashketball was forgotten. Kahoot was the latest and greatest. And, again, the students loved it.

But actually, not everyone loved it. The slow students didn't love it. Then Kahoot became a race to see who could

*guess*correctly the fastest.

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And then I read Jo Boaler's Mathematical Mindsets book.

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So I stopped using Kahoot. I stopped using Quizlet Live. Instead, I would get the students to the board for Board Problems, or play Raffle Ticket, Sticky Points, or Pick Your Points. I even adapted Trashketball so that students could work at their own pace (read my blog post, toward the bottom I discuss a varation that is more student friendly). During distance learning I had the students play GimKit but with the All-in setting.

Yes, some students are faster than others. Some students have diagnosed learning disabilities which means they process things slower. But with these aforementioned activities the slower students still get a chance to participate, they just don't complete as many problems in the class period as their peers and they can still win the game!

So I encourage you to think about how you might be rewarding speed in your class. Are you calling on the first student to raise his hand? Are you giving timed memorization tests? or timed arithmetic tests like Math Minutes? Think about what message that sends to the slower students. It is not true that slow at math = dumb at math. Try to find ways that all students get a chance to have their voice heard or a chance to think through the problems you pose.

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