Unleash students’ discussion and analysis skills with Kahoot!

Research, analysis, presentation, discussion – learn how math teacher Chase Chatfield helps his students unleash these awesome superpowers. Teaser: he uses Kahoot! for that 😉

January 30, 2018

Meet Chase Chatfield, a math teacher at Vancleave Middle School, Mississippi, who also teaches a cross-discipline class for reinforcement in all academic areas. Chase has a 2-year track record of avid Kahoot!’ing for introducing new topics, revision, assessment, and more. However, he thinks the most amazing kahoots are those created by learners! Read how Chase trains creative and analytical superheroes with Kahoot! in his class.

I love hosting kahoots in class – it’s simple, adds great dynamics to the classroom, helps me learn more about my students and their interests, and we all can’t help but jam to Kahoot! music. However, even more than hosting, I enjoy stepping out of the way and watching my students do the Kahoot! magic on their own! Kahoots created by them are hands down the best. If you haven’t yet tried swapping roles with your learners in class – you definitely should!

Chase Chatfiled case study: students create their own kahoots

How to organize a student kahoot project

Currently, I teach a class that is designed for reinforcement in all subjects. As one of my teaching techniques, I ask my students to create a kahoot to use in class on any topic they’re working on.

I truly believe content ownership produces greater results. Students’ kahoots create discourse I never imagined. Learners discuss and try to prove their points verbally, visually, and with text-based evidence when things get really heated. It is amazing to watch! Here’s how I organize this project:

1. Give instruction – or, actually, give as little of it as possible!

When my 7th graders make their own kahoot, I give them very little instruction. The topic and structure of the quiz is entirely up to them. The only parameters I ask is to have 5-10 questions and cover a topic they are learning/reviewing in any of their classes. I typically sync this project with our 9-week exams when students have study guides to complete. As exams get close, I see learners are a bit bored with traditional Q&A, so creating a kahoot is great alternative for them!

2. Guide students on where to find images

Based on my own experience of creating kahoots, I know how I can get carried away looking for a relevant image or GIF for each question. To save students’ time, I point them to where they can find visuals.

3. Facilitate peer review

I do my best to stay out of the way and only help when asked. Instead of reviewing a kahoot myself, I ask them to share quizzes with each other for peer review. This is a good way to train their critical thinking and phrasing feedback. Once that’s done, students proceed to building their kahoot on a PC either individually or in groups.

4. Set the stage for students!

Learners share their kahoots with me, and I integrate them into the next classes. They host their own games, which boosts their presentation skills. I just blend in and participate just like everyone else!

Chase Chatfield's student creating a kahoot

Research, presentation, debate and other skills

On different stages of their Kahoot! project, students get to train different skills, such as research, analysis, presentation, teamwork and, of course, discussion. Previously, some of my students in the middle school age group struggled with expressing their thoughts, both written and verbal, but Kahoot! has changed that. When making their quizzes, they learned, for example, that the wording of their questions or lacking context could change an answer. It has helped them better understand the difference between right, best and intended answers.

 

It’s fascinating to see learners debate: they challenge answer options, pull up examples from their textbooks, come over to the whiteboard to do calculations.

Chase Chatfield, math teacher at Vancleave Middle School

As I watch my students host and play Kahoot!, I get to learn more about their interests and personalities. This info is really valuable for me as a teacher as I help them develop new strengths.

Tips for beginners: 3 steps to mastering Kahoot!

At any stage of your Kahoot! journey, make sure to keep it simple, because that’s the beauty of this platform! As you introduce Kahoot! to your class, I recommend to start with an existing, ready-to-play kahoot. You can find one on any topic really. Then, create your first short kahoot with 5-7 questions for formative assessment.

When you feel you’ve mastered that, go a little bigger: say, 10+ questions. You can start playing around with the different game options, such as the team mode or challenges. I started testing Kahoot! with a class that always completed my lesson plan 30 minutes faster, and we discovered a lot of nitty-gritty hacks together!

Finally, flip the roles in the classroom, lean back and enjoy watching your classroom heroes present their awesome quizzes!

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