Using PODS To Create a Democratic Classroom Heidi Minnier EDIM 510
What are PODS?
- P erformance O rganizational D esign S ystems
- Basically a classroom management system
- Uses a cooperative literacy approach
How do PODS compare?
- Traditional Cooperative Learning
- Students are held accountable to the teacher
- Students earn a grade for their work
- Cooperative Learning with PODS
- Same groups for extended period of time (4-6 weeks)
- Students are held accountable to each other
- Students earn points for specific classroom behaviors
How does this strategy work?
- Students earn points for the following:
- Participating in daily assignments
- Following expected behavior
How are students accountable?
- The entire group cannot turn in an assignment until all students in the group have completed it.
- Bonus points can be given for
What are the effects?
- Encourage one another to complete homework
- Work together to get the job done
- Puts the students in control of their own behavior and the behavior of their group-mates
What problems might occur?
- Time and flexibility is needed
- Preparing for PODS is time-consuming
- Students need time to get accustomed
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- Students who just don’t care negatively impact the group
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