As the students finished their final practice quizzes on the computer, Trevor started passing out the papers for speed dating and of course he hands one to me. 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.
Here is how the game goes:
2. worksheet of math problems able to do within a set time
How To Play:
1) As a class figure out what side of the table will be moving while the other side sits in place
2) Tell the students how long they have to work on the problem (ours was one minute)*
3) tell the students the number to work on (Trevor jumper around the page so they were not going in order)
4) the students will work on the problem, and if they need help they can ask their "date" for help
5) when the time is up: call on a student to give the answer to the question they worked on
6) change seats!
*for harder problems allow more time for the students
This game was a great way to see the student's thinking in action. 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. 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 also helped a couple of students who though they had the correct answer but then told them to rethink the problem and they found their mistakes. This game also allows immediate feedback on the students work. They know whether they have the answer right or wrong because they have a partner who can confirm the answer and the also have a student telling the whole class what the answer should be.
This is a great review game to use for students of any age for any type of Math class! Thank you Trevor for using this game the day I came in and observed!