Post information, resources, and tips for encouraging and tracking participation here.

Activities That Will Encourage the Silent 6 to Talk - A post with ideas for motivating students who do not participate actively - chericem1 chericem1

Listening Grids - A way to keep the REST of the class occupied while individual students are responding - chericem1 chericem1
Another Sample Listening Grid- I used this while students were listening to a story. This is the English version for all to read and see how it works. - cartierm cartierm

Participation Rubrics

Bill Heller's Participation Rubric - I found this participation rubric (for lower level language courses) on FLTEACH: - heinke_raymond heinke_raymond

Class Participation Rubric Generator - Enter your school, name, and a title and pick a graphic and it generates a pre-set class participation rubric based on behavior, preparation, punctuality, etc. - chericem1 chericem1

- A participation rubric students can use to assess the extent of their own participation in class - chericem1 chericem1

Grading Oral Participation - A compilation of postings from FLTEACH

RubiStar - Free, online rubric generator

Sample Self & Peer Assessment Rubrics - Sample rubrics you can have world language students use to assess their class participation, language development, etc.

Money- Depending on what chapter (and what country/region) we are studying in, I have paper money I give out to the students. The class requires a participation grade, so this is how the students are graded. The students earn money for various activities in the room. Answering questions, participating in skits, etc. The students hold on to the money until the end of the marking period/semester/quarter. You give them a minimum to reach based on how often you see them, and how much you give out daily. At the end, you count up the money they turn in and that is their grade (ie if the goal was 16, and they turn in 15, its a 15/16) Depending on how you feel about extra credit, you can always tell the students if they earn more money they can earn extra points. I allow the extra credit with money because I have found that the extra participation REALLY boosts students understanding of the material. One last thing, always make the money on colored paper (and change the color every time you change marking periods/semesters etc) and either intial or stamp the money with a stamp that verifies it came from you and students did not copy the money. It does take time to stamp and then cut the money (do it in that order- it IS MUCH FASTER) but it is a concerte way of asessing students participation, which is something that can be hard to grade. - cartierm cartierm

This Pasaporte is a multipurpose tool. The hardest part is making it, so here's how we did it. On the first or second day of class bring in pieces of different colored paper. Let kids pick whichever color they would like and have them follow along with you. This is a great time to start with commands and "papel."
1. Fold the paper in half, hamburger style.
2. Fold paper again, hamburger style.
3. Fold the paper one more time, hamburger style.
4. Open it all the way.
5. Refold along the original crease.
6. Tear from the crease directly down to the center point of the paper.
7. Open the paper completely.
8. Fold along the crease, hot dog style.
9. Push from the ends. You should have 4 pages sticking out like a cross.
10. Fold all 4 of the pages together into a small book.

I let the kids decorate it like their own personalize passport. This may be a good time to introduce vocab for "My name is...," "I'm from..."
On the inside they draw a little picture and write their name, class period, my name etc. This Pasaporte is where they can receive stamps for participation. They are able to redeem the stamps to make up homework, retake a quiz or even a test. ALSO, it works as a hall pass. If they don't have it, they can't leave. It holds them very accountable. I also don't allow them to bring me back their Pasaporte to stamp it. They have to have it with them to get their stamps. Any left over stamps can be redeemed for extra points or prizes at the end of the semester. - AnthonyFontana AnthonyFontana

Passports - flanne13 flanne13 (Idea adapted from Darcy Ebert, DeWitt High School)
Student are given out passports at beginning of the year (each class is a different color to prevent stealing, etc) and the following template (on a 1/3 sheet of paper, folded in half) is filled out by the student, the allowing them to decorate the cover as they wish:

0000007 (year)
[Square for Photo]
Given Names/Prenoms:
Date of birth/Date de naissance:
Place of birth/Lieu de naissance:
Date of issue/Date de deliverance:
Date of Experiation/Date d'experation:

I explain the importance of having a passport with you in a foreign country and it is the same way for class. With many activities, the "prize" is the option to receive a stamp which will count for extra credit at the end of the semester/quarter (whatever). If you don't have your passport with you, no stamp!
    • Note, denote one stamp specifically for passports each year, and keep it hidden in a drawer so students won't be tempted to stamp their passports without your knowledge.

In Spanish (prize passport) but easily adaptable to other languages. Put on cards at the beginning of the year (or semester, or marking period), preferably laminated. Students get stickers for extra participation, helping classmates, volunteering, etc. Prizes accompany completed rows. -- nutterky nutterky

See also: Affirming Students' Efforts & Responses, Classroom Climate, Classroom Management, Classroom Set-up, Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Differentiated Instruction, Games, Establishing Expectations, Getting Organized, Instructional Strategies, Interactive Activities, Learning Centers, Making Groups Work, Managing the Class Through Curriculum, Participation Strategies, Problem-based Learning, Seating Arrangements, Signals for Attention, Strategies for Motivating the Reluctant Learner

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