Kids essentially are gamifying their connections to other kids, and when a kid loses a streak, it is devastating. When my kids lose their phone privileges, it is heartbreaking. The streak ends and they have to start all over again.
So How Can We Tie STREAKS to Learning?
It's pretty simple. Kids need connections with other kids to accelerate their growth in learning. In other words, collaboration is not just important. It downright ESSENTIAL. Below are a few ideas that we could use to get our kids to create learning streaks.
- Use Snapchat to share their learning with other peers during classtime.
- If technology rules prevent the use of Snapchat, use Twitter or Instagram for kids to tag their learning to a class account. The consecutive days of tagging classmates to learning could become the streak.
- If technology is a problem altogether, build collaboration into your instruction where students can share their work with other students and have peers give written feedback or suggestions for improvement along with the student's signature to signify the learning connection and to curate the streak.
Honestly, this is a random thought running through my head and not really formalized into a completely rational thought. I do however think that educators must leverage the relevance that students find in STREAKS and let this fascination serve as a tool for engagement and a relevant entry point for learning.
What ideas or thoughts would you add?