This learning activity appeals to many different types of learner including the cooperative and the competitive learner.
Step1 Divide the class into teams of four or five. A class of 29 would have 5 teams of 5 and one team of 4.
Step 2 Distribute the Practice version of the test to each student and instruct them to answer the questions cooperatively as a team, ensuring that all team members understand how each answer was obtained. The intention is to lift the overall team performance.
Step 3 Display a copy of the answers on the OHP or data projector and get each team to check their answers and resolve any issues with their answers.
Step 4 Ask the students to sort there team on the basis of their understanding of the topic from very good understanding (A students) to poor understanding (E students). The team of 4 students will only have A to D students.
Step 5 Regroup and seat all of the A students in one area of the room, B students in another area etc.
Step 6 Give out the Test version questions to each student and instruct them to individually answer the questions under formal test conditions.
Step 7 Display a copy of the answers on the OHP or data projector and get each student to mark their answers and then to rank themselves amongst the group of students the y are grouped with. That is, the A students will rank themselves from best to worst score. The student with the best score is given a score of 5` points while the student with the lowest score is given a score of 1 point. Students with equal scores receive the same number of points (e.g. the points distribution could be 5, 4, 4, 4, 1 if three students have the same score). If there are only four students in a group, the scores will range from 5 to 2 points.
Step 8 The students recombine into their original teams and total their scores with the largest score winning. Any team with less than 5 students adds the average grade for the team to their score.