Looking to incorporate badges into the math classroom. Since I’ consider myself a Growth Mindset leader I am plan to use badges in class to push students to try harder. I want to avoid badges aligned to content standards. My plan is to have student earn badges for three types of targets:
Specific Taregts- List specific activities I want students to pursue. The targets will be aligned to course objectives, and by completing them the students will gain something they would not have gained in class.
Random Targets—Badges for doing something completely random but still in line with the class activities. I got this idea from participating in a GooseChase activity in the summer.
Challenging or Extraordinary Targets—Some targets can be easy to accomplish, but some need to be really hard. REALLY HARD. By earning these badges, the student will know they accomplished something extraordinary, especially if they are the only one in the class who earned it. How about starting a blog on pi and getting 100 followers?
My greatest decision is which site or program to use to provide them electronically. I am considering Class Badges and Schoology Both platforms allow you to create and award badges customized for your classroom or school via a teacher account.
I’m leaning towards Schoology badges because students already use Schoology every day, so the badges fit right in with no extra effort.
Your thoughts, comments and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated