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  • 1. Using PODS To Create a Democratic Classroom Heidi Minnier EDIM 510
  • 2. What are PODS?
    • P erformance O rganizational D esign S ystems
      • Basically a classroom management system
      • Uses a cooperative literacy approach
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phelyan/2281095105/
  • 3. How do PODS compare?
    • Traditional Cooperative Learning
    • Groups change regularly
    • 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
  • 4. How does this strategy work?
    • Students earn points for the following:
      • Being present in class
      • Arriving on time
      • Completing homework
      • Being prepared
      • Participating in daily assignments
      • Following expected behavior
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  • 5. 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
      • Appropriate behavior
      • Cleaning up work area
      • Encouraging one another
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  • 6. What are the effects?
    • The students:
      • Encourage one another to complete homework
      • Come to class prepared
      • Work together to get the job done
    • The teacher:
      • Becomes a facilitator
      • Puts the students in control of their own behavior and the behavior of their group-mates
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  • 7. What problems might occur?
    • Time and flexibility is needed
      • Preparing for PODS is time-consuming
      • Students need time to get accustomed
    • Students who just don’t care negatively impact the group
    • Classroom can be noisy
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  • 8. Citations
    • Carnardo. (2005). Time is fleeting [image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/duck/77660245/
    • Discovery Education. (2011). Textbooks [Clip Art]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com
    • Earlham College. (2010). Engaging in classroom discussion [image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/earlhamcollege/4777275773/
    • Holloway, A. (2006). Bonus [image]. Retrieved from http://www. flickr .com/photos/ adam _ holloway /254561650 /
    • Sanjoin, P. (2008). Classroom [image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/phelyan/2281095105