The Quiz can be used to create more interest in students wanting to learning in a competitive situation. Below are two such quizzes that work well with students in middle school year levels.
The first quiz I call “The Hollow Square Quiz” because the students are arranged around the side and back walls of the classroom to begin the quiz.
The quiz is organised in this way.
• Teacher sits at/on the front desk. From there all the students are visible to the teacher.
• The teacher needs to check the grouping of students by separating students who might not behave with the students around them to aid discipline.
• Then the teacher explains the rules: They are:
(a) All students must be quiet. There can be no discussion about the questions being asked.
Penalty – the student sits down and is out of the quiz temporarily.
(b) A question is asked.
• If the answer is wrong, the student sits down at their desk.
• The next student is asked.
• If he/she is correct, the next student is asked a new question.
• If the answer is wrong, the student sits down.
• If three students get the answer wrong, the students sitting down get a chance to answer the question.
• If the selected students is correct, the student stands up in the space left by those incorrect students.
• If no one can answer the question, the teacher may explain the answer or ask it later in the quiz.
• Then the quiz begins again.
(c) The students are warned that questions may be asked again either in the same form or a different form especially those which have not been answered. No student likes to be caught out this way. So, by using this ploy, the teacher is attempting to increase all the students’ concentration on the quiz.
(d) The questions will get more difficult as the quiz continues.
(e) Students sitting down must not talk either. If they do, they will not be asked questions to return to the quiz.
(f) The winner is the last remaining student who has answered his/her question.
(g) If no student answers the last question, the teacher asks the students sitting at their desk. Here the teacher can “manufacture” a less able student to become the winner of the Quiz.
The second quiz is called “The Student Created Quiz”. Here is how I arrange this quiz which can be used as part of a revision program.
1. I divided my class into groups of say 4 or 5.
2. Each group was given a different topic, e.g. topics for the forthcoming exam.
3. Each of the group was to devise 5 questions of varying difficulty on the topic as a homework exercise. Answers had to be included.
4. In class the next day, each group tested the questions on each other and then developed a 5 question quiz on their topic – the questions from easy to hard with answers included. (All group members get a copy of their group’s quiz.)
5. I rearranged the whole class into the same number of groups but this time each new group consists of one person with questions from each of the previous groups.
6. The members of the new groups “quizzed” their new group with their old group’s five questions. This process usually took one 40 minute period.
7. I would move amount the groups to keep them on task and to solve any problems they had particularly with answers.
The great advantages of this last quiz are twofold.
• The teacher may gain a valuable reservoir of questions and answers if the teacher collects a copy from each initial group.
• The questions asked are often ones which students feel they need or want to know – almost a self-diagnosis.