Some teachers require each student to purchase their own CAPTUR paddle, while other teachers buy a class set. In this short article, we'll look at effective ways of managing class sets of CAPTUR paddles.
What is a class set?
You as the teacher purchase a bunch of CAPTUR paddles, enough to distribute one to each student in your largest class. At the beginning of each class, you distribute the CAPTUR paddles. At the end of the class, you collect the CAPTUR paddles from your students, and then you bring them to your next class.
Managing class sets
A teacher complained to me the other day that some of his students weren't handing their CAPTUR paddles back in at the end of class, so he was faced with a diminishing supply. "What should I do?", he asked. Well, economically speaking, my answer is simple: "Buy more!" But practically speaking, there are steps you can take to avoid this situation.
One paddle, one student
This solution is pretty simple. Here's what you do:
- Purchase (or create) enough paddles for your largest class.
- With a permanent marker, write a number on each paddle. So, if your largest class has 40 students, you'll take one paddle, and write a "1" on it. The next one, you'll write a "2" on it. Make sure that each paddle has a unique number.
- When you get your attendance sheet of the students in your class, write a number next to each student's name. Start at the top and write a "1". The next student is "2". Et cetera.
- When you're ready to use the CAPTUR paddles, tell the students that you're going to be giving each one a number, and that they should remember this number. Tell each student the number you have written next to their name on the attendance sheet.
- When you want to use CAPTUR in your classes, spread out your CAPTUR paddles on a desk or table top, with the side that you wrote the number on face-up.
- Students come to the front of the class to claim their paddles.
- Afterwards, the leftover paddles should match your "absent" list.
This way, if one of your paddles goes missing after a class, you'll know who forgot to return it.