Amy Baskin - Grammar Olympics: Low-Tech Engagement Secrets

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Professor Amy Baskin has developed a gamified approach to teaching that was low-tech, but high-impact. Her Grammar Olympics have gone on to change the lives of hundreds of remedial college students. In this inspiring session, she'll share her secrets of how to accomplish great leaps in performance and engagement with limited resources, and how great design trumps technology in the gamification marathon.

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Amy Baskin - Grammar Olympics: Low-Tech Engagement Secrets

  1. 1. Grammar OlympicsLow-Tech Engagement SecretsProfessor of EnglishAmy Baskin
  2. 2. Grammar
  3. 3. Developmental Education
  4. 4. 50% of all undergraduatesand 70% of communitycollege students take at leastone remedial course inreading, writing or math.
  5. 5. Typically, only 10% ofcollege students whobegin in developmentalcourses will graduatewith an associate’sdegree within five years.
  6. 6. The price tag forremedial educationin the United States is$2.5 billionevery year.
  7. 7. Every year, 1.7 millionpeople enter college notready for college.
  8. 8. The average annual cost to runGrammar Olympics is:A. $1,125B. $3,500C. $5,000D. $7,500
  9. 9. The average annual cost to runGrammar Olympics is:A. $1,125
  10. 10. Why does Grammar Olympics work?
  11. 11. Yes or No Are the students engaged? Are they in flow? Are they experiencing positive emotions? Are they experiencing joy in learning? Are they willing to try again if they make amistake? Is play important in their lives?
  12. 12. Yes or No Are the students at Grammar Olympics distractedlearners? Are they resistant to learning? Are they showing a sense of anxiety? Are they stymied by fear of failure? Are they reluctant to help one another? Did they lose interest before finishing?
  13. 13. Yes or No Are the Grammar Olympiads motivated? Are they willing to experiment? Are they part of a community? Are they getting feedback and using it? Are they having fun? Are they tenacious? Did they earn their gold medals?
  14. 14. Why does grammar matter?
  15. 15. Why does grammar matter?What is at stake?
  16. 16. Education is not the filling of apail, but the lighting of a fire.-William Butler Yeats
  17. 17. Education is not the filling of apail, but the lighting of a fire.-William Butler Yeats
  18. 18. Congratulations!

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