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60-Second Strategy: Whiteboard Relay

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The team competition is fierce in this informal assessment activity, in which students have to work together to win.

To say students are engaged in Nicole Goepper’s French class at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, VA, is an understatement. Her lessons are peppered with games, songs, and even dancing, which keeps students on their toes. Her whiteboard relay strategy is especially captivating—and it can be used to assess any concept that can be assigned as a task students complete by working together.

In Goepper’s class, she most frequently uses it for verb conjugation. She calls out a verb, counts down from three, “And it’s off to the races!”  Each student on the team completes one subject-verb portion of the task and passes to their adjacent teammate, until all subjects are conjugated.  

Says Goepper, “If somebody gets stuck, they've got their team to help them, but they're still the one that's actually writing it. Once the task goes all the way around and is completed, they stick the whiteboard on their head and say, “Fini!” And by sticking it on their head, the other teams can't see what they wrote. Also, when it's on their head, they can't change answers.” No cheating in this fast-paced game!

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