A student wants to come in and retake part of his quiz. (Insert angelic choir here.) I have told them that they need to come in before school or during seminar to study the material before a retake is possible.
Now I am in trouble. How do they study? Some targets are easy to show that extra work has been done to relearn the material. Others, not so much.
For this particular student, I have him create a four square vocabulary card. He looks at me like I have completely lost my mind. Maybe I have. He seems to think staring at his notebook should be enough to convince me he has studied. "Really? Is that what you did the first time around?"
"Touche" is his response. (Yes, he really said that.)
By the time he finishes, seminar is over, so I take his quiz down to his powerclass teacher. Ninety seconds after the bell rings to start class, he bounces into my room, gushing how he did great. He understood. He KNEW the answers.
And so he did.
His "1" became a "4."
Three days later, the same target comes up on another assignment. The boy can barely sit in his seat he is so excited that he remembers it.
He has made a 42 card for every new term since then in this class AND ALL HIS OTHER CLASSES! Something has worked for him. Something clicked.
I feel like I am on the right track.