It’s Friday and I wanted to get the kids up and moving around. After we reviewed the homework, both standard and pre-algebra students needed some additional practice on the concepts they’ve been studying so I assigned partners for board work.
The pairs took turns completing three problems on the white boards and I was able to check their understanding. When the three problems were completed, one partner stayed and the other joined a new partner in clockwise fashion. They then alternated completing the next three problems, and so on. Everyone talked math, got a chance to work with different people, and had a partner to help them if they needed it.
At first the students were confused on how the rotation worked, but once we did a round they easily got the hang of it. My pre-algebra class has 29 students so not everyone could work at the whiteboards mounted in the front and rear of the room so I broke out some 2’x2′ white boards and set them along the perimeter and on few desks to accommodate them.
It was a great way for me to see their work and help them as needed.