Week 8 Poly-Gnomials Speed Dating?

poly-gnomialsSo, it’s been a few weeks since I last wrote in this blog.  I wish there was a good excuse!   We’ve been going through Topic 5 and 7 of the Algebra 1 Pearson textbook…. journaling and practicing all the joyous methods and types of problems pertaining to Exponents, and multiplying polynomials.

Tomorrow, is the day!  I will try out Speed Dating with the Algebra kids.  I’ve  read a few blogs about this, and have tried to wrap my head around it.

Here’s my method to start with:

Students sit in desks that are facing opposite each other in two lines (which may curve around the room).  I have made cards with the questions on one side, and the answers on the other.  There are two sets of cards.  “Table #” and “Seat #”.   So Jim North and Bob South sit across from each other. Next to them sit Sarah North and Susie South and then Lina North and Linus South.  The “North” students receive the “Table Cards” and the “South”  receive the “Seat Cards.”   The students at each table also have a cup that is turned upside down.

The students work the 3 problems from the card on paper.  When they are finished, they turn the cards over and check their answers. They both have the same problems at the first of this “Speed Dating.”  The teacher goes around and verifies that every student can solve the problems that they received.  (Between their partner and themselves, this shouldn’t take long).  When they are good, they flip upright the cup, which signals to the teacher that they are ready.  These students will be considered the Master of their own card, and should be able to explain how to get to the answers.

Once all the cups are upright, the the teacher rings a bell, or asks the “Seat” students to move.  So in our example above,  Bob South, Susie South, and Linus South move to the next table.  (Make sure to remove all backpacks from the area so that it’s easier to rotate).  The North “Table” students will remain in at their seat.  So now, Jim will work with who ever the seat “south” student sat prior to his “table”. Sarah will work with Bob, and Lina will work with Susie. Linus will work with whomever “Table 4” student is. They turn their cups upside down, switch cards, do the problems, and check their work.  If they have questions, they can ask the opposite student who is the Master of his own card. When both students have the correct answers, the cups are turned upright, and the teacher sees that students are ready to rotate (again, the “Seat” students will always move…  the “Table” students remain)….

Below are pictures of the problems with answers and the cards with answers are written on the back


So, thanks to SumMathMadness and Kate Nowak for this idea!


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