Introducing new cards:
Introducing new cards: 15 minutes
Previewing (fill-in Primer): 5-10 min.
ConFluency Card Game: 25-30 min.
With this schedule, students should be able to play the card game two, or maybe three, times in a class. Rotate students to make new groups for each card game.
Previewing (fill-in Primer): 5-10 minutes
Accuracy testing (CROSSFIRE): 10 min.
ConFluency Card Game: 30-35 min.
With this schedule, students can usually play the card game 3 times in a class. Rotate students to make new groups for each card game.
Single Card Games:
Single card games can be played in 10-12 minutes. If students are able to prepare Conversation Primers before class, perhaps as homework, or use previously prepared Primers, and have them in their notebooks (students MUST have a Primer), a single card game, without accuracy checking, can be played in about 15 minutes, including starting and clean-up.
Class time needed to become skilled in using each Card Set:
Assuming a single card game finishes in 10-12 minutes, single card games can be played:
- 1-at-a-time in 15 min. blocks;
- 3X in 30 min. (with a prepared Primer); or
- 3-4 times in 50 min. (including class time to complete a Primer).
- Times given are a minimum; depending on student progress.
Assuming 50 minute class times, the following schedule has worked well (for each new card set). Each 'time' counts 1 card game:
- 1 time in the full class (50 min.) for Introducing new cards.
- 2 times in 30-50 minute blocks for Accuracy checking. In a 30 minute block: 10 min. CROSSFIRE, 20 min. for 2 card games. Primers prepared before class. In a 50 minute class: See Regular play, above. Primers can be prepared in-class.
And in addition to the above times:
- For Card Set 1: 3-9 more card games (see above for times)
- For Card Sets 2 & 3 (each): 3-6 more card games (see above for times).