Wintermute here bringing you your daily dose of Dumbr in the classroom. I hope you are ready for our lesson today where we will talk all about how to run a Quiz Bowl for your students.
Contestants- You need students to compete but obviously you can’t have them all up on stage at once against the entire school. So each class needs to decide on who they will send up. I find it best to hold a mini quiz bowl in class. Draw a bracket on your board and have two kids compete against one another for ultimate fame and glory. Winner moves up, loser needs to study more, do this until you are left with one student.
Questions- it would be smart of you to make sure that every student is given a fair chance as I’m sure not every class teaches the exact same thing at all times. So come up with a list of questions prior to the main event, be sure to only include questions that relate to all of the classes.
Set up – If at all possible, get buzzers, microphones, and a big board to display scores. If however you are not as devoted to theatrics as I am then so be it.
Prepare your Gladiator – Depending on how many classes are at your school, your valiant warrior may stand a slim chance at success. So have a talk with them before hand, let them know that no matter how horrible they do its okay. Be rough and funny. This step is very important otherwise I would not mention it. When I ran the QB apparently the other teachers did not prep their students, here is what happened:
Kindergarten QB – 2 children on the floor bawling in defeat.
Elementary QB – a child filled with the utmost rage made it well known to the school he was not happy.
Middle School QB – one kid was wearing a hoodie, he sunk deep into his hoodie and
threw his head to the table, and stayed there on stage for a good ten minutes.
You may not notice prior to the event, but your students actually do care about this a lot, they do not want to lose. Some kids invite their parents, I discourage this obviously. Don’t put more pressure on them then there needs to be, they will do better.
That’s about it; I wish you the best of luck and hope your own Quiz Bowl goes well. Of course please comment and ask questions, I can't get enough of them. Tomorrow we talk about a mini fair that can be run in your school by your students.
Your Event Planner,Wintermute