How I use Quizlet Live custom teams to promote inclusivity

Tips for using Quizlet — for teachers, by teachers.

This is a contributed post by Jamie Honke, a high school Spanish teacher and Quizlet Teacher Ambassador.

I like using Quizlet as a classroom management and classroom climate tool. An example of this is using the Quizlet Live custom teams option along with cooperative learning groups to promote inclusivity and lower students’ affective filter in my Spanish classroom.

To do this, at the start of the unit I give my students a survey with the following questions:

  1. Who is someone you'd love to work within a group?
    List 2 or 3 people. You can also say you prefer to work with anyone.
  2. Who is someone you'd like to work within a group?
    List 2 or 3 people. You can also say you prefer to work with anyone.
  3. If there are students you feel uncomfortable working with, please list them here.
    This is confidential, but please keep in mind that if you're listing a lot of people, we might have to chat about your participation in groups.
  4. What type of role do you usually take in a group setting?
    Contributor, leader, time management, record keeper, etc.
  5. What do you expect out of your group mates?
    Note: Please do not talk with other students about what you put on your survey. If you talk about it, people may not feel included if their name wasn't mentioned.

I then create a "compassionate seating chart" with groups of 3-4 students, making sure everyone in every group has at least one person they want to work with, or someone who wants to work with them, or someone who works well with anyone. After their groups are established, we play Quizlet Live and I assign custom teams to keep them together.

To assign custom teams, I give each group a team number and they enter it on their screens when joining the game.

The first time we play, I have each group come up with a cheer/chant based on the animal randomly assigned by the game. Some of them are adorable and some of them are hilarious! (Also, these are high school students, so don't think your kids are too old for this!) Then, every time a team wins, I say 1, 2, 3 and they do their group gesture with their group chant. 😂

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