Half of the class sits at a desk, the other half of the class moves around the desks.
The stationary students have one question each (including the model answer) and the moving students have to explain how they would answer the question, I usually run this with some music as a timer, eg you have until the song finishes to answer.
So I pulled out Kate Nowak’s (one of my math teacher idols) math speed dating activity. I then handed out a set to each group being mindful of the level of difficulty when I initially handed them out.
Basically the desks were lined up with two desks per pod. I told the students they needed to solve their problem in their group and become “experts” at their problem.
The sheet is not a questionnaire to fill out but 20 different math problems about what they went over in class for the day.
He told his students that I would be included in the speed dating round and who is able to explain the game.
I also noticed some students struggled with simple addition and subtraction of negative numbers and they used algebra titles on the side of the paper to help their thinking processes.
I noticed some students did the whole worksheet in a couple of rounds and then just went desk to desk helping their "dates" with the problems if they needed it.We are working on solving systems of equations and started out by solving via graphing.This way they truly understand what they are finding when solving a system.To prepare, you will need cards or slips of paper with problems on one side and the answers on the other.(Here are 16 Rational Expressions cards with answers and here are 15 Probability & Permutations cards with answers you can cut out, fold, and use.) It's important to use problems that will take all your kids about the same amount of time to complete. If you will have the whole class working together, you need as many problems as students.