Digital stickers can be a powerful motivator. Check out these tips and tricks for grading digital assignments.
Getting Started with Digital Stickers
The moment I started giving digital stickers, I noticed an excitement in the air. Fifth graders buzzed. “She’s looking at my slide.” “She’s looking at mine, too.” “Oh, I got a high five sticker!” “Me, too!”
The giddiness in the air would have made you think this was a group of kindergarteners getting stickers for the first time. The smiles and joy were palpable. I thought it would die off, but it hasn’t. They are still just as excited as they were the first day. In fact, I’ve had to set up some basic expectations: Be patient with your teacher. It may take a few minutes for her to give you a sticker after your page is done. Instead of yelling with excitement, try whispering to a partner or sending your, “Thank you, Mrs. Hutchens!” via chat. These are great problems to have.
What are Digital Stickers?
Digital Stickers are honestly whatever you want them to be. I started out copy / pasting a yellow star onto slides that were correct. Eventually I moved on to memes and Bitmojis.
Bitmoji can be added as a chrome extension. Just be careful, there are some that are not school appropriate. Creating a Google Slide with your favorite Bitmojis or memes can save time.
When you want to use the digital stickers, just open a tab and copy paste them onto assignments.
Having many tabs open, allows you to quickly go through and paste digital stickers onto correct slides.
Another option is to open the answer key and assignment in a split screen. If you paste digital stickers into your answer key, you can copy paste them from there.
What About Wrong Answers?
When a slide isn’t ready for a digital sticker, comments can be the perfect way to let the students know what they need to fix.
Before you type a comment, click on the section with the error. When the students clicks the comment, it will highlight the mistake.
Teach students to look for a little gray speech bubble in their side bar so they notice your comments.
When grading math slides, you may not want to take the time to write comments. A quick way to draw the students attention is to highlight the mistake in red. The red stands out in the side bar and makes it easy for the students to see slides that need attention.
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All of these pictures are from resources I made and used with my K-6 Intervention Students. Click the covers below to look at the resources in my TPT store.
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