Look Mom, I earned another badge in class today!

ID: 50960 Type: Roundtable
  1. Barba Patton and Teresa LeSage Clements, University of Houston-Victoria, United States

Monday, March 6 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Creekside I View on map

Presider: Mindy Allenger, Marshall University, United States

Abstract: Badges (external motivations) have been around as long as there have been civilizations. The motivations have had many names. It was “Grandma’s Law”, ”behavior modifications”, “Big Brother”, “ if you do this… I will do this”, and on and on with titles. Badges are a positive action to encourage one to do better. Davidson states badges attempt to recognize competence/skill development, and experiences that so far have not been valued/recognized i.e. critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership. Badges are rewards for mastery or improvement and have been successfully used by many Badges can be as simple or can be elaborate, paper or virtual.


: The intended goals for workshop are the audience will be able to return from the workshop with ideas and skills to motivate students to prepare for high stakes testing as well as be able to master content in general. It is hoped if teacher becomes more skilled and has a lower anxiety the students will have mastery of skills being tested. Thus the ultimate goal is for the motivation techniques will help students of all grade levels will be able any type of assessment.

Topical Outline

Outline: • Intro/interest groups • Background /reasons for workshop • Illustrate advantages and pitfalls for students • Illustrate ways to motivate students and peak their interest to learn • Use textbook’s table of contents to make connections between badges to content • Badges may be simple or elaborate. Teachers will explore techniques available for student use online • Illustrate making virtual and paper badges • Illustrate scrapbook type and digital portfolios • Group discussion and Q&A concerning types of portfolios • Spend time developing strategies • Participates will develop e-folio • Audience will share • Audience will then do Q & A • Presenters will be work with each participate as much as possible .


Desire learn more about motivational theories.

Experience Level



Barba Aldis Patton, professor of math education at University of Houston- Victoria. She presents at international, national, state and local conferences each year. She was an invited speaker at the Oxford Roundtable in Oxford UK. She serves on Editor National Social Science Association Journal and Editor in Chief International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education. She has a key note speaker at the London international Conference of Education and at the World Congress for special Needs. She has served on numerous boards for the advancement of math education and is the founder of the Crossroads Council of Mathematics Teacher Educators.


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