Teacher Henry Seton incorporates a participation grade in his daily rapid review. By noting student responses against the class roster—putting a 1 by the student’s name if they answer correctly and a 0 if they do not—he’s able to track and balance participation. If a student misses a question, he circles back to them later in the activity (or on the following day) so they can earn the point back. Bonus points are given when a student “rescues” a classmate by stepping up to answer when they fumble. Seton averages each student’s score for a weekly participation grade, so even if a student has a bad day, they can still get a strong score for the week. While a participation grade is not essential for this strategy, it can be a helpful and low-stakes form of accountability and assessment.
The rapid review strategy was inspired by Doug Lemov’s pepper retrieval practice from his book Teach Like a Champion.