Speed dating activity ideas
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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.
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The students seem to enjoy it, and it is a good way to expose them to multiple prompts, keep them focused and engaged, cut down on the sheer quantity of papers you are grading.(The lesson and links/printables I’m including are intended to be used with an AP Language and Composition class but can easily be adapted to fit your needs.)Here’s how it works: Students are seated in rows and prompts are distributed.
I prepare mine ahead of time with room for each step of the process provided under the prompt (see above), but you don’t have to do that.
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I give a brief introduction/explanation of what we are going to be doing (see attached handout) and then “start the timer.”From there, it goes like this…Round One (10 minutes) – Students READ the prompt they have been given and annotate it as needed.